AskDefine | Define widening

The Collaborative Dictionary

Widen \Wid"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Widened; p. pr. & vb. n. Widening.] To make wide or wider; to extend in breadth; to increase the width of; as, to widen a field; to widen a breach; to widen a stocking. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

widening

Noun

1 an increase in width [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]
2 a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park [syn: turnout]
3 the act of making something wider [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]

English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈwaɪdənɪŋ/

Adjective

  1. Of things that are growing wider.
  2. Of things that are separate, with increasing separation.
    The widening gap between rich and poor creates social problems.

Quotations

Noun

  1. The action of the verb widen.

Quotations

  • 1887 — Robert Louis Stevenson, The Merry Men, Olalla
    She looked up sleepily and asked me what it was, and with the very words I thought she drew in her breath with a widening of the nostrils and seemed to come suddenly and fully alive.

Verb

widening
  1. present participle of widen
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