expanse

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noun ex·panse \ik-ˈspan(t)s\

Definition of expanse

  1. 1 :  firmament

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1637


EXPANSE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of expanse for English Language Learners

  • : a large and usually flat open space or area


EXPANSE Defined for Kids

expanse

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noun ex·panse \ik-ˈspans\

Definition of expanse for Students

  1. :  a wide area or stretch an expanse of desert



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