noun ex·panse \ik-ˈspan(t)s\

: a large and usually flat open space or area

Full Definition of EXPANSE

:  firmament
:  great extent of something spread out <an expanse of calm ocean>

Examples of EXPANSE

  1. The explorer gazed across the vast Arctic expanse.
  2. <the great explorers who crossed the vast expanses of the seven seas in small ships>

Origin of EXPANSE

New Latin expansum, from Latin, neuter of expansus, past participle of expandere
First Known Use: 1637
EXPANSE Defined for Kids


noun ex·panse \ik-ˈspans\

Definition of EXPANSE for Kids

:  a wide area or stretch <an expanse of desert>


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