adjective (wider, widest)
- 1Of great or more than average width: a wide roadMore example sentences
- Why should the chosen few have this enormously wide road to themselves?
- The roads are still wide, though traffic density is much lower.
- Otherwise they will not need so many one-ways even on wide roads.
- 1.1(After a measurement and in questions) from side to side: it measures 15 cm long by 12 cm wide how wide do you think this house is?More example sentences
- Walking along lines 1m wide, a measurement was taken at each 0.5m step.
- Built in 1935, it has eight-foot wide verandahs on three sides of both storeys.
- The expedition also found rings of plankton organisms that measured 10 km wide.
- 1.2Open to the full extent: his eyes were wide with fearMore example sentences
- The boy underneath me was staring at me with wide eyes full of fear.
- She pushed herself up into a sitting position and looked at Emily with wide eyes full of fear.
- That's all I can say, he's got a wide grin and full cheeks, not chubby, just open.
- 1.3Considerable: tax revenues have undershot Treasury projections by a wide marginMore example sentences
- Just as the Bank of England has a target for inflation and has to write a letter to the chancellor if it misses it by a wide margin, the new rule seeks to establish credibility.
- But not by the wide margin that many pundits were predicting.
- Needwood Spirit has been at the top of his form in recent weeks and has gained a brace of victories at Carlisle, his latest success being achieved by a wide margin.
- 2Including a great variety of people or things: a wide range of opinion his wide circle of friendsMore example sentences
- The discussions ranged over a wide variety of subjects, but it was the philosophy of medicine that attracted the largest numbers.
- Today a wide range of fresh varieties such as plum, cherry and vine tomatoes are readily available.
- The colorful, long-lasting blossoms of this wide variety of mums range from one to six inches across.
- 2.1Spread among a large number of people or over a large area: the government’s desire for wider share ownershipMore example sentences
- This proposal has got wide acceptance among women who came to attend the meeting.
- Gitt, incredibly, replied that his ideas have wide acceptance among scientists.
- The language papers with wide readership in rural areas have responded admirably to the hardships faced by farmers in their own way.
- 2.2Considering or dealing with the more general aspects of a situation, issue, etc.: the wider implications of the disputeMore example sentences
- This debate raises wide issues of political theory concerning the proper role of the state.
- It frequently carries topics and issues of wide import that get into the mainstream papers months or years later.
- If a court was entitled to look at wide social issues, then really what is being said is that the court's role is a discretionary one.
- 3At a considerable or specified distance from an intended point or target: the ball was wide of the leg stumpMore example sentences
- Her shot was wide but Gallagher was there to pick up the loose ball.
- A minute later and again Eynsford breached the visitors' defence but the final shot was wide.
- 3.1(Especially in soccer) at or near the side of the field: he played in a wide left positionMore example sentences
- That this has improvement has come since he has been tucked into the centre of midfield from a wide right position may not be a coincidence.
- He has been getting in some great positions either behind their midfield or out wide and he has been a good supply line for us recently.
- With a wide midfielder and full-back to double up on the exposed full-back this tactic should generate the crosses needed to threaten.
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- 1To the full extent: his eyes opened wideMore example sentences
- Flowers open wide in full sun, and with the central yellow anthers, the effect is striking.
- There was a Chinese guy, who's bag I assume it was, taunting it by opening his mouth really wide and moving his arms up and down, but the bird was having none of it.
- And the second thing is, Lindy walked into the room the other day and he opened his arms wide to reach out to her.
- 2Far from a particular or intended point or target: his final touchline conversion drifted wideMore example sentences
- On 11 minutes, the visitors thought that they had taken the lead but a cracking effort went inches wide of the target.
- Sutton directed a free header wide of the target, and with 12 minutes left, the visitors scored a third.
- They upped the tempo somewhat but were guilty of ballooning some bad balls wide of their intended mark.
- 2.1(Especially in football) at or near the side of the field: he will play wide on the rightMore example sentences
- Some nice first time football leaves Ballack wide on the left, from where he strokes a cross in.
- The ball had been switched from side to side before finally Stark was given the scoring pass wide on the right.
- ORs hit back straight away when Tom Jones scored wide in the corner to take the home side through to the next round.
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- (also wide ball) Cricket A ball that is judged to be too wide of the stumps for the batsman to play, for which an extra is awarded to the batting side.More example sentences
- Blignaut lost his cool immediately, the next ball swinging way down the leg side for four wides.
- The batsmen were also helped by some wayward bowling with 61 extras, including 40 wides, being conceded.
- Instead, the bowlers bowled a few wides and no-balls, in addition to the batsmen being lucky with a few edges.
give someone/thing a wide berth
- see berth.
- Fully awake.More example sentences
- I was wide awake yet my conscious brain was refusing to accept that someone unseen was touching my face.
- I am incensed, I am livid, I am wide awake at 3.20 in the morning Thursday writing this email.
- At 3.30 I was still wide awake and feeling incredibly bad tempered.
wide of the mark
- 1Fully open: the door was wide openMore example sentences
- The wallet of the eventual buyer will also have to fall wide open.
- Above, the ancient door of massive timber in good preservation, being wide open, I walked in.
- The way he seemed to be squinting with his eyes wide open.
- 2Very vulnerable, unprotected: the system is wide open to fraudMore example sentences
- Once it does, his body is left wide open for an attack.
- Once again the national media were operating off the philosophy that if a person has been involved in controversy they are wide open for attack.
- This left my stomach and chest wide open for attack, and he lunged forward.
- 3(Of an issue or contest) completely unresolved: the election is wide open with six candidates in serious contention for the seatsMore example sentences
- After recent years where one or two teams have dominated the league, it is welcoming to see a genuine three horse title race, and the surprise results that have blown the contest wide open.
- The straw poll of parliamentary party members last week showed no clear winner emerging leaving the contest wide open.
- The contest was wide open at the break, but the Borderers made full use of the wind in the second half to eventually seal a deserved win.
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- In its conception, America was a furious dream, and when you are not a child of its luxuries from birth, you see that in all its wideness.
- Hour after hour of wideness, mountain ranges and plains, terrain that doesn't so much have features as textures.
- With regard to the wideness of the roads in Wellington, we certainly wish some were a little wider, but they do add to the character of the city.
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- The wicketkeeper also played his part with a superb catch as the Tasmanian swished at the widish delivery.
- The opener fished at a widish delivery, edging it to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.
- But then, such is the talent level of this gifted left-hander that he can effortlessly caress a widish delivery past the ropes, and thump a lightning quick yorker to the fence!
Old English wīd 'spacious, extensive', wīde 'over a large area', of Germanic origin.