expanse [n] large space, usually open amplitude, area, belt, breadth, compass, distance, domain, extension, extent, field, immensity, latitude, length, margin, orbit, plain, radius, range, reach, region, remoteness, room, scope, span, sphere, spread, stretch, sweep, territory, tract, uninterrupted space, width, wilderness; concepts 509,513,651,788

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  • expansé — expansé, ée [ ɛkspɑ̃se ] adj. • 1964; de expansion;cf. lat. expansus « déployé » ♦ Techn. Qui a subi une expansion (1o). Isoler des murs avec du polystyrène expansé. ● expansé, expansée adjectif Se dit de certaines matières plastiques possédant… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • expanse — expanse, amplitude, spread, stretch are comparable when they denote an area or range of considerable or conspicuous extent. Expanse is applied chiefly to vast areas open to view and usually uniform in character {pure as the expanse of Heaven… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Expanse — Ex*panse , n. [From L. expansus, p. p. of expandere. See {Expand}.] That which is expanded or spread out; a wide extent of space or body; especially, the arch of the sky. The green expanse. Savage. [1913 Webster] Lights . . . high in the expanse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Expanse — Ex*panse , v. t. To expand. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That lies expansed unto the eyes of all. Sir. T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expanse — index area (province), area (surface), caliber (measurement), coverage (scope), degree ( …   Law dictionary

  • expanse — 1660s, from L. expansum, noun use of neut. of expansus, pp. of expandere (see EXPAND (Cf. expand)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • expanse — ► NOUN 1) a wide continuous area of something, typically land or sea. 2) the distance to which something expands or can be expanded …   English terms dictionary

  • expanse — [ek spans′, ikspans′] n. [ME expans < L expansum, neut. pp. of expandere: see EXPAND] 1. a large, open area or unbroken surface; wide extent; great breadth 2. expansion …   English World dictionary

  • expanse — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ broad, endless, great, huge, infinite, large, limitless, long, vast, wide ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • expanse — ex|panse [ıkˈspæns] n a very large area of water, sky, land etc expanse of ▪ an expanse of blue sky vast/wide/large etc expanse ▪ the vast expanse of the ocean …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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