expanse

noun ex·panse \ ik-ˈspan(t)s \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of expanse

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

Examples of expanse in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of expanse

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


EXPANSE Defined for English Language Learners

expanse

noun

Definition of expanse for English Language Learners

  • : a large and usually flat open space or area


EXPANSE Defined for Kids

expanse

noun ex·panse \ ik-ˈspans \

Definition of expanse for Students

: a wide area or stretch
  • an expanse of desert


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