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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPREAD OUT

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

At camp he lighted his lantern and spread out his find on the table.

Extract all the stones, and spread out the plums on large dishes.

Letty spread out her dinner, and David made her a fire among the rocks.

We now came to a widening of the river where it spread out into a small lake.

He spread out his hands, rejoicing in the remembrance of his graceful compliments.

But when the bed had been spread out he found that the blankets were also pierced.

Camille, spread out on the ground in this fashion, looked contemptible and vile.

If we could see in four dimensions we could see them all spread out before us.

She spread out her hands, white and transparent in the sun-light.

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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