1. To extend in length and breadth, or in breadth only; to stretch or expand to a broad or broader surface or extent; to open; to unfurl; as, to spread a carpet; to spread a tent or a sail. He bought a parcel of a field where he had spread his tent. (gen. Xxxiii. 19) Here the Rhone Hath spread himself a couch. (Byron)
2. To extend so as to cover something; to extend to a great or grater extent in every direction; to cause to fill or cover a wide or wider space. Rose, as in a dance, the stately trees, and spread Their branches hung with copious fruit. (milton)
3. To divulge; to publish, as news or fame; to cause to be more extensively known; to disseminate; to make known fully; as, to spread a report; often acompanied by abroad. They, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. (Matt. Ix. 31)
Origin: OE. Spreden, AS. Spraedan; akin to D. Spreiden, spreijen, LG. Spreden, spreen, spreien, G dbb . Spreiten, Dan. Sprede, Sw. Sprida. Cf. Spray water flying in drops.
1. To extend in length and breadth in all directions, or in breadth only; to be extended or stretched; to expand. Plants, if they spread much, are seldom tall. (bacon) Govrnor Winthrop, and his associates at Charlestown, had for a church a large, spreading tree. (B. Trumbull)
3. To be made known more extensively, as news.