NOTE: refers to the scope or influence of a situation or endeavor
They resent the global expanse of American culture and political power.
The firm's expanse into ready-to-wear clothing has been profitable.
An expanse of their oil explorations in Africa could be risky at this time.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: refers to a measurable, bounded surface area of something
The expanse of the moth's wings is about 20 centimeters.
John measured the expanse of the living room to see whether the new area rug was too large for it.
The expanse of the child's hand fit completely inside Bob's larger one.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: refers to a large, unbounded geographical region
From the hilltop they could see the expanse of the prairie before them.
They wandered for days through the green expanse of the forest.
Living in the city, she missed the expanse of the starlit night sky.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3