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1A wide continuous area of something:‘the green expanse of the forest’
area, stretch, sweep, tract, swathe, plain, field, belt, regionsea, carpet, blanket, sheetbreadth, range, spread, reach, space, extent, vastnessView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Across the other side of South London lies Richmond Park, a huge expanse of green untroubled by public transport.’
- ‘Opposite the hotel is the start of the path up to an astoundingly beautiful area of mountain-tops and shining expanses of water.’
- ‘Much of it is composed of rugged, tall mountain chains and wide expanses of barren desert-like plains.’
- ‘If your floor offers a wide expanse of uninterrupted space, a larger pattern may be used.’
- ‘I booked tables four and five, which faced the wider expanse of the room.’
- ‘Prior to Shepherd Market being laid out in the 1730s, this area was just an expanse of open fields on the western edge of town.’
- ‘Here we washed our feet before entering the wide expanse of virgin forest.’
- ‘Our main testing and exhibition hall is adjacent to a grassy expanse and a patio area.’
- ‘You can get a shot of her from behind, with the wide expanse of Beach Road stretching away from her.’
- ‘The wide expanse of floor between the two areas was pale, marble patterned tile.’
- ‘Directly above the bar, it was huge, no walls to encumber the wide expanse of the room.’
- ‘She looked around at the buildings, and the wide expanse of the park before them.’
- ‘Ten years ago, the area was a vast expanse of industrial wasteland.’
- ‘The back roads are very much quieter than those I normally drive over, with much to see, and wide expanses of landscape to admire.’
- ‘For a while I sat on a bench among the sand-dunes looking out over a wide expanse of sand and out to the sea.’
- ‘The remote, fell-foot hamlet of Croglin lies tucked in among the fells and folds and dales and wide expanses of brooding water that pock the untamed landscape of Cumberland.’
- ‘From between two ridges I stared out across a green expanse stretching as far as I could see.’
- ‘She leaned on the rail and viewed a large expanse of nature that continued as far as she could see.’
- ‘In presettlement times, lightning fires spread over great expanses of upland forests, sometimes for weeks, until reaching a river or large wetlands.’
- 1.1 The distance to which something expands or can be expanded:‘the moth has a wing expanse of 20 to 24 mm’
size, dimensions, magnitude, measurementsView synonyms
- ‘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).
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