Definition of expanse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspans/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspans/


1A wide continuous area of something: 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, plain, field, belt, region;
sea, carpet, blanket, sheet;
breadth, range, spread, reach, space, extent, vastness
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).

Words that rhyme with expanse

askance, bromance, finance, Hans, Hanse, manse, nance, Penzance, Romance

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