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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPREAD

Above, below, the rose of snow, Twined with her blushing foe we spread.

The fame of the Nile valley must have spread at an early date.

Of course, we all like to play with fire, but I always put it out before it can spread.

We began the 19th century with a choice, to spread our nation from coast to coast.

When the news had spread, others came to join him, and he could not refuse.

This will permit the bird to be spread apart, as in Fig. 25.

Of course word had spread that the beautiful Miss Winship was expected.

Then he spread out his two bags, folded them together again, and then again.

Then they tore out the dam, rinsed the screen and spread it over a rock to dry.

It was an invincible smile, that, little by little, spread over her whole face.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to stretch out, to send in various directions," probably from Old English -sprædan (especially in tosprædan "to spread out," and gesprædung "spreading"), from Proto-Germanic *spraidijanan (cf. Danish sprede, Old Swedish spreda, Middle Dutch spreiden, Old High German and German spreiten "to spread"), probably from PIE *sper- "to strew" (see sprout (v.)). Reflexive sense of "to extend, expand" is attested from mid-14c.

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