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ex·panse

 (ĭk-spăns′)
n.
1. A wide and open extent, as of surface, land, or sky.
2.
a. Expansion.
b. The distance or amount of expansion.

[Latin expānsum, from neuter past participle of expandere, to spread out; see expand.]

expanse

(ɪkˈspæns)
n
1. an uninterrupted surface of something that spreads or extends, esp over a wide area; stretch: an expanse of water.
2. expansion or extension
[C17: from New Latin expansum the heavens, from Latin expansus spread out, from expandere to expand]

ex•panse

(ɪkˈspæns)

n.
1. an uninterrupted space or area: an expanse of water.
2. the arch of the sky; firmament.
[1660–70; < Latin expānsum, n. use of neuter of expānsus, past participle of expandere; see expand]

Expanse

 something spread out; a wide expanse or extent of anything.
Examples: expanse of black cloth [mourning], 1858; of wavy corn, 1781; of forest; of heaven, 1667; of crystal lakes, 1711; of life, 1758; of sand, 1869.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expanse - a wide scopeexpanse - a wide scope; "the sweep of the plains"
ambit, range, scope, reach, compass, orbit - an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"
2.expanse - the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundaryexpanse - the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area"
extent - the distance or area or volume over which something extends; "the vast extent of the desert"; "an orchard of considerable extent"
acreage, land area - an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming); "he wanted some acreage to build on"
footprint - the area taken up by some object; "the computer had a desktop footprint of 10 by 16 inches"
erasure - a surface area where something has been erased; "another word had been written over the erasure"
blank space, space, place - a blank area; "write your name in the space provided"
space - one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff; "the spaces are the notes F-A-C-E"
balk, baulk - the area on a billiard table behind the balkline; "a player with ball in hand must play from the balk"
plane section, section - (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid
3.expanse - a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky
sheet - any broad thin expanse or surface; "a sheet of ice"
stretch - a large and unbroken expanse or distance; "a stretch of highway"; "a stretch of clear water"
space - an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things); "the architect left space in front of the building"; "they stopped at an open space in the jungle"; "the space between his teeth"

expanse

noun area, range, field, space, stretch, sweep, extent, plain, tract, breadth a vast expanse of grassland

expanse

noun
A wide and open area, as of land, sky, or water:
Translations
إمْتِداد، إتّساع
fladevidde
víîátta
geniş alan

expanse

[ɪksˈpæns] Nextensión f; [of wings] → envergadura f

expanse

[ɪkˈspæns] nétendue f

expanse

nFläche f; (of ocean etc)Weite f no pl; a vast expanse of grasseine riesige Grasfläche; an expanse of woodlandein Waldgebiet nt

expanse

[ɪksˈpæns] ndistesa, estensione f

expand

(ikˈspand) verb
to make or grow larger; to spread out wider. Metals expand when heated; He does exercises to expand his chest; The school's activities have been expanded to include climbing and mountaineering.
exˈpanse (-s) noun
a wide area or extent. an expanse of water.
exˈpansion (-ʃən) noun
the act or state of expanding. the expansion of metals.
References in classic literature ?
She turned her face seaward to gather in an impression of space and solitude, which the vast expanse of water, meeting and melting with the moonlit sky, conveyed to her excited fancy.
Its head was then turned toward the east, as though equally anxious for the appearance of light, when the form leaned against the mound, and seemed to gaze upon the glassy expanse of the waters, which, like a submarine firmament, glittered with its thousand mimic stars.
His face was turned to the hillside, where a man had just emerged from the woods, and was halting irresolutely before the glaring expanse of upheaved gravel and glistening boulders that stretched between him and the shaded group.
An unwearied pall of cloud muffled the whole expanse of sky from zenith to horizon.
We looked at the empty expanse, and then I felt the suggestion of my friend's eyes.
In this central expanse the sea presented that smooth satin-like surface, called a sleek, produced by the subtle moisture thrown off by the whale in his more quiet moods.
The slanting light of the setting sun quivers on the sea-like expanse of the river; the shivery canes, and the tall, dark cypress, hung with wreaths of dark, funereal moss, glow in the golden ray, as the heavily-laden steamboat marches onward.
These ridges are chopped off at the mouth of the gorge and form two bold and conspicuous headlands, with Heidelberg nestling between them; from their bases spreads away the vast dim expanse of the Rhine valley, and into this expanse the Neckar goes wandering in shining curves and is presently lost to view.
But when he emerged from the towel, he was not yet satisfactory, for the clean territory stopped short at his chin and his jaws, like a mask; below and beyond this line there was a dark expanse of unirrigated soil that spread downward in front and backward around his neck.
My world had for some years been in Lowood: my experience had been of its rules and systems; now I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils.
The carriage lamps shed a yellow light on a rough-looking road which seemed to be cut through bushes and low-growing things which ended in the great expanse of dark apparently spread out before and around them.
An epergne or centrepiece of some kind was in the middle of this cloth; it was so heavily overhung with cobwebs that its form was quite undistinguishable; and, as I looked along the yellow expanse out of which I remember its seeming to grow, like a black fungus, I saw speckled-legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it, and running out from it, as if some circumstances of the greatest public importance had just transpired in the spider community.