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Wide, adj. 1) very extensive, stretching far: “the w. world,” Sonn. 19, 7. 107, 2. 137, 10. Err. II, 1, 21. Ado IV, 1, 292. Merch. I, 1, 167. As I, 3, 134. Troil. II, 2, 206. Tit. I, 248. Rom. III, 3, 16. “w. as the ocean is,” Sonn. 80, 5. Ado IV, 1, 142. Tim. I, 1, 47. “the w. universe,” Sonn. 109, 13. “this w. and universal theatre,” As II, 7, 137. “the w. vessel of the universe,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. “in the world's w. mouth,” H4A I, 3, 153. “the w. fields,” LLL II, 93. “w. Arabia,” Merch. II, 7, 42. “the w. cheeks o'the air,” Cor. V, 3, 151. “the forest walks are w.” Tit. II, 1, 114. Caes. I, 2, 155. “the w. arch of the ranged empire,” Ant. I, 1, 33.
2) having a great space between the sides, forming a great opening or gap: “small head and nostril w.” Ven. 296. “the w. wound,” Ven. 296 Rom. III, 1, 100. “gape at --st,” Tp. I, 1, 63. “that w. gap,” Wint. IV, 1, 7. V, 3, 154. w. havoc (i. e. a breach) “made for bloody power to rush upon your peace,” John II, 220. “the w. difference 'twixt amorous and villanous,” Cymb. V, 5, 194.
3) capacious, holding much: “weed w. enough to wrap a fairy in,” Mids. II, 1, 256. As II, 7, 160. H4B III, 1, 51. “with conscience w. as hell,” H5 III, 3, 13. “as this temple waxes, the inward service of the mind and soul grows w. withal,” Hml. I, 3, 14. “till that a capable and w. revenge swallow them up,” Oth. III, 3, 459.
4) apparent, open, obvious: “without more --r and more overt test,” Oth. I, 3, 107 (Qq certain. cf. the adverb in Rom. II, 4, 91).
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