(transitive) To stretch out, open out (a material etc.) so that it more fully covers a given area of space. [from 13th c.] (transitive) To extend (individual rays, limbs etc.); to stretch out in varying or opposing directions. [from 13th c.] (transitive) To disperse, to scatter or distribute over a given area. [from 13th c.] (intransitive) To proliferate; to become more widely present, to be disseminated. [from 13th c.] (transitive) To disseminate; to cause to proliferate, to make (something) widely known or present. [from 14th c.] (intransitive) To take up a larger area or space; to expand, be extended. [from 14th c.] (transitive) To smear, to distribute in a thin layer. [from 16th c.] (transitive) To cover (something) with a thin layer of some substance, as of butter. [from 16th c.] To prepare; to set and furnish with provisions. (intransitive, slang) To open one’s legs, especially for sexual favours. [from 20th c.] The act of spreading. Something that has been spread. (cartomancy) A layout, pattern or design of cards arranged for a reading. An expanse of land. A large tract of land used to raise livestock; a cattle ranch. A piece of material used as a cover (such as a bedspread). A large meal, especially one laid out on a table. (bread, etc.) Any form of food designed to be spread, such as butters or jams. (prison slang, uncountable) Food improvised by inmates from various ingredients to relieve the tedium of prison food. An item in a newspaper or magazine that occupies more than one column or page. Two facing pages in a book, newspaper etc. A numerical difference. (business, economics) The difference between the wholesale and retail prices. (trading, economics, finance) The difference between the price of a futures month and the price of another month of the same commodity. (trading, finance) The purchase of a futures contract of one delivery month against the sale of another futures delivery month of the same commodity. (trading, finance) The purchase of one delivery month of one commodity against the sale of that same delivery month of a different commodity. (trading) An arbitrage transaction of the same commodity in two markets, executed to take advantage of a profit from price discrepancies. (trading) The difference between bidding and asking price. (finance) The difference between the prices of two similar items. (geometry) An unlimited expanse of discontinuous points. The surface in proportion to the depth of a cut gemstone.