expanse

noun
ex·​panse | \ ik-ˈspan(t)s How to pronounce expanse (audio) \

Definition of expanse

1 : firmament
2 : great extent of something spread out an expanse of calm ocean

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Examples of expanse in a Sentence

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

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Past the rope barricades at the broad front entrance, there’s an expanse of marigold-yellow Spanish tiles, and an invitation to time travel. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 DeKnight’s food column was a treasure trove of recipes, cooking tips, and cultural reflections from chefs across the vast expanse of the African diaspora. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 This shape also allows for an oversized entrance and a double-height living area characterized by glazed expanses and sliding glass doors that optimize views and allow for indoor-outdoor living. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Rent this black-clad off-grid cabin for your next holiday," 14 June 2018 After slipping on an Oculus headset and tightening the velcro straps around my temple, I’m greeted by a boot screen, basically a white expanse in every direction, punctuated by black dots to form a grid. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 Every summer, visitors flock to Fort Adams, a lush green expanse at the mouth of the Narragansett Bay, for the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Towns in America," 21 Sep. 2018 Following Pham's advice, Tess took a brown blush on a large, fluffy brush and created a wide expanse underneath her apples and cheekbones, then topped it with pink blush at the very top of her cheeks, right up near her under eyes. Michelle Sulcov, Glamour, "These Before-and-After Photos Show What a Difference Blush Can Make," 31 Aug. 2018 Or walk outside to the garden patio, full of strawberries (help yourself), flowers, birds, fish ponds and old fishing gear, overlooking wooden docks and a wide, peaceful expanse of Humboldt Bay. Richard Stenger, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 Crawling through it was simultaneously claustrophobic and soothing, the expanse of the identical mattresses like a plush, monochromatic play space or a padded chamber turned on its side and squished. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Paola Pivi’s Transporting Exhibition Is a Whimsical Comment on Dark Realities," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of expanse

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expanse

New Latin expansum, from Latin, neuter of expansus, past participle of expandere

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expanse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of expanse

: a large and usually flat open space or area

expanse

noun
ex·​panse | \ ik-ˈspans How to pronounce expanse (audio) \

Kids Definition of expanse

: a wide area or stretch an expanse of desert

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