widening

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wid·en

 (wīd′n)
tr. & intr.v. wid·ened, wid·en·ing, wid·ens
To make or become wide or wider.

wid′en·er n.

widening

(ˈwaɪdənɪŋ)
n
the act of making (something) wider
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.widening - an increase in width
increment, growth, increase - a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
narrowing - a decrease in width
2.widening - a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or parkwidening - a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
road, route - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
3.widening - the act of making something wider
change of shape - an action that changes the shape of something
narrowing - the act of making something narrower
Translations

widening

[ˈwaɪdənɪŋ] n
[road] → élargissement m
[gap] → élargissement m; [difference] → accroissement mwide open adj [door, mouth] → grand(e) ouvert(e)wide-ranging [ˌwaɪdˈreɪndʒɪŋ] adj (= including many things) [survey] → de grande envergure; [report] → vaste before n; [interests] → divers(e); [repercussions, implications] → vaste before nwidescreen wide-screen [ˈwaɪdskriːn] adj
[cinema] → panoramique
[TV] → écran large inv, à écran large inv
References in classic literature ?
Still the flowing stream Sweeps on, but the swift torrents of green hours Are licked into the brazen skies between Their widening banks.
She kept tacking to and fro in a widening compass, for she was sailing dead into the wind.
In the widening of the shores sinking low in the gray, smoky distances the greatness of the sea receives the mercantile fleet of good ships that London sends out upon the turn of every tide.
But the tide was coming in; the water was rising; the gulfs and lakes were filling; the straits were widening: it was time to seek some safer footing; so I walked, skipped, and stumbled back to the smooth, wide sands, and resolved to proceed to a certain bold projection in the cliffs, and then return.
March!" stamping forward with the right leg a little bent, and the sword still pointing toward Maggie, who, trembling, and with tear-filled eyes, got upon the bed, as the only means of widening the space between them.
`At first, proceeding from the problems of our own age, it seemed clear as daylight to me that the gradual widening of the present merely temporary and social difference between the Capitalist and the Labourer, was the key to the whole position.
To retrace my steps to the summit of the divide and explore another canyon seemed the only solution of my problem, but a sudden widening and levelness of the canyon just before me seemed to suggest that it was about to open into a level country, and with the lure of discovery strong upon me I decided to proceed but a short distance farther before I turned back.
Anne awoke to find raindrops pattering against her window and shadowing the pond's gray surface with widening rings; hills and sea were hidden in mist, and the whole world seemed dim and dreary.
He plunged on with long, reckless strides which soon placed a widening gap between him and the rest of the party.
"Don't forget the agreement," Tom Haggin called back across the widening water.
Major staggered to his feet, but the blood spouting from his throat reddened the snow in a widening path.