Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WIDEST

The block should be cut to the widest line on the half-breadth part.

And which of the three has the truest knowledge and the widest experience?

The real point is that there is the widest gulf between my love-making and yours.

When your empire was widest then the crop of your enemies was thickest.

It was widest at the upper part, where it was semicircular, while the bottom was cut off straight.

I gather from Blackwell that you will receive the widest discretion.

Luther was a man of action, but his thought was not the widest.

They were going to patrol the widest and wildest frontier in the world.

The main division, the widest gulf, divided the feudal lord and the serf.

But it was at Amboise that the vengeance of the Guises found its widest scope.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wid, from Proto-Germanic *widas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wid, Old Norse viðr, Dutch wijd, Old High German wit, German weit), perhaps from PIE *wi-ito-, from root *wi- "apart, away." Wide open "unguarded, exposed to attack" (1915) originally was in boxing, etc. Wide awake (adj.) is first recorded 1818; figurative sense of "alert, knowing" is attested from 1833.