spread-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: (cause to) open to full extent or width

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1 SPREAD NP2 Includes: SPREAD OUT

He spread his arms wider and gave her a devilish grin.
The bird spread its wings, as it swooped down on a dead tree near a billboard.
Orsyn spread the map out so all could see.
Then slowly, once again, the pianist spread his fingers onto the keys.
These birds can spread out their toes.
We spread the picnic rug out on the ground and sat down to eat.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: spread.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
spread_out 5, 7

Sense Number 2: distribute or disseminate; be widespread

Commentary: Includes: SPREAD OUT, SPREAD OVER

She spread butter and jam on the bread.
Dr. Khronos has been spreading the information about his Vital Energy tapes.
Spread out the seed and dry thoroughly before placing in a storage container.
I use a small paint brush to spread varnish over the coil windings.
The redundancies are spread across the clothing, banking and building industries.
If we spread the work between us, it won't be so bad.
They went back to the great hall, and a feast was spread for the king.
We spread the bicycle parts out on the floor.
The houses were spread out in a long row.
A big oil spot spread across the water.
Spread the news to your friends!
Rumor and truth spread like wildfire when it came to his antics and sexual adventures.
The fire ants had spread across the South, causing panic among local populations.
Group members took signs, lit candles, and spread out along the street.
The AIDS virus is spread through contact with blood and other body fluids.
The suburbs spread out for miles to either side of the city.

VerbNet: appear-48.1.1,spray-9.7-1
FrameNet: Dispersal
PropBank: spread.01,spread.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
spread ovver 1
spread_out 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Sense Number 3: cover

NOTE: Must include a 'with' PP specifying the cover or spread. Syntax is: NP1[agent] SPREAD NP2 with NP3

He spread the bread with cheese. (NOTE: compare to example in sense 2)
Taking a cue from one of their father's sermons, they spread the ground with ash.
Exhibition openings are often potluck parties where artists spread the table with homemade favorites.
Eurynome and the nurse spread the bed with soft coverlets.

VerbNet: spray-9.7-1
FrameNet: Filling
PropBank: spread.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9