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Meaning of wide-spreading

wide-spread•ing

Pronunciation: (wīd'spred'ing), [key]
— adj.
  1. spreading over or covering a large area: wide-spreading showers; wide-spreading ivy.
  2. affecting or reaching a large area: a wide-spreading infection.
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