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(1)   Not on target
"The kick was wide"
"The arrow was wide of the mark"
"A claim that was wide of the truth"
(2)   Having ample fabric
"The current taste for wide trousers"
"A full skirt"
(3)   Broad in scope or content
"Across-the-board pay increases"
"An all-embracing definition"
"Blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"
"An invention with broad applications"
"A panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner
"Granted him wide powers"
(4)   Very large in expanse or scope
"A broad lawn"
"The wide plains"
"A spacious view"
"Spacious skies"
(5)   (used of eyes) fully open or extended
"Stared with wide eyes"
(6)   Having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
"Wide roads"
"A wide necktie"
"Wide margins"
"Three feet wide"
"A river two miles broad"
"Broad shoulders"
"A broad river"
(7)   Great in degree
"Won by a wide margin"


(8)   To or over a great extent or range; far
"Wandered wide through many lands"
"He traveled widely"
(9)   With or by a broad space
"Stand with legs wide apart"
"Ran wide around left end"
(10)   Far from the intended target
"The arrow went wide of the mark"
"A bullet went astray and killed a bystander"
(11)   To the fullest extent possible
"Open your eyes wide"
"With the throttle wide open"


wīd, from *wīdas. Cognate with Dutch wijd, German weit, Swedish vid.


  1. Having a large physical extent from side to side.
    We walked down a wide corridor.
  2. Large in scope.
    The inquiry had a wide remit.
  3. Operating at the side of the playing area.
    That team needs a decent wide player.


  • narrow (regarding empty area)
  • thin (regarding occupied area)
  • skinny (sometimes offensive, regarding body width)

Related terms


  1. extensively
    He travelled far and wide.
  2. completely
    He was wide awake.
  3. away from a given goal
    The arrow fell wide of the mark.


  1. A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score