General English

General Science

  • verb to move out over a large area


  • noun the difference between buying and selling prices, i.e. between the bid and offer prices
  • verb to space something out over a period of time


  • verb to put something such as manure, fertiliser or mulch on an area of ground


  • noun an extension of the area covered or affected by something


  • Mobile power equipment, such as a paving spread or earth-moving spread, under the direction of a superintendent.
  • Same as range; the difference between prices or bids.


  • To extend, or to extend from a given point or location. Also, to have extended, or to be extended from a given point or location.
  • To distribute over a surface, or within a volume. Also, to have distributed over a surface, or within a volume.
  • To increase the size of a gap. Also, to have the size of a gap increased.
  • The limits within which a value fluctuation may occur. Also, the limits within which a value fluctuation actually occurs.


  • A semi-solid savoury paste spread on bread for sandwiches or on toast for canapés, also any soft food item which can easily be spread


  • noun two facing pages in a magazine or newspaper used by an advertiser for a single advertisement running across the two pages

Media Studies

  • noun an advertisement or story that occupies two or more columns in a newspaper or magazine
  • noun two facing pages in a newspaper, magazine or book, often with material printed across the fold


  • verb to go out over a large area, or to cause something to do this


  • noun two facing pages in a book or magazine, which are treated as a single item and designed together
  • noun the tendency of ink to creep outwards by absorption into the paper
  • verb to thicken the lines of an image to make them reproduce better

Origin & History of “spread”

Spread is a general west Germanic word, with relatives in German spreiten and Dutch speiden. these point back to a common prehistoric ancestor *spraidjan. where that came from is not clear, although it may have links with Latin spargere ‘scatter, sprinkle’ (source of English aspersion (16th c.) and sparse (18th c.)) and Greek speírein ‘sow’ (a relative of English sperm, spore, etc).