Definition of expanse in English:


Syllabification: ex·panse
Pronunciation: /ikˈspans


  • 1An area of something, typically land or sea, presenting a wide continuous surface: the green expanse of the forest
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    • Here we washed our feet before entering the wide expanse of virgin forest.
    • We travelled by jeep and by foot through the wide expanses of paddy fields where women worked all day in the blistering sunshine with babies tied to their backs.
    • The back roads are very much quieter than those I normally drive over, with much to see, and wide expanses of landscape to admire.
    area, stretch, sweep, tract, swathe, belt, region; sea, carpet, blanket, sheet
  • 1.1The distance to which something expands or can be expanded: the moth has a wing expanse of 20 to 24 mm
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    • This is especially true given the size and expanse of the global economy.


mid 17th century: from modern Latin expansum 'something expanded', neuter past participle of expandere (see expand).

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