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Wide \Wide\ (w[imac]d), a. [Compar. Wider (-[~e]r); superl. Widest.] [OE. wid, wyde, AS. w[=i]d; akin to OFries. & OS. w[=i]d, D. wijd, G. weit, OHG. w[=i]t, Icel. v[=i][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. vid; of uncertain origin.]

  1. Having considerable distance or extent between the sides; spacious across; much extended in a direction at right angles to that of length; not narrow; broad; as, wide cloth; a wide table; a wide highway; a wide bed; a wide hall or entry.

    The chambers and the stables weren wyde.

    Wide is the gate . . . that leadeth to destruction.
    --Matt. vii. 18.

  2. Having a great extent every way; extended; spacious; broad; vast; extensive; as, a wide plain; the wide ocean; a wide difference. ``This wyde world.''

    For sceptered cynics earth were far too wide a den.

    When the wide bloom, on earth that lies, Seems of a brighter world than ours.

  3. Of large scope; comprehensive; liberal; broad; as, wide views; a wide understanding.

    Men of strongest head and widest culture.
    --M. Arnold.

  4. Of a certain measure between the sides; measuring in a direction at right angles to that of length; as, a table three feet wide.

  5. Remote; distant; far.

    The contrary being so wide from the truth of Scripture and the attributes of God.

  6. Far from truth, from propriety, from necessity, or the like. ``Our wide expositors.''

    It is far wide that the people have such judgments.

    How wide is all this long pretense !

  7. On one side or the other of the mark; too far side-wise from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.

    Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand.

    I was but two bows wide.

  8. (Phon.) Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the mouth organs; -- opposed to primary as used by Mr. Bell, and to narrow as used by Mr. Sweet. The effect, as explained by Mr. Bell, is due to the relaxation or tension of the pharynx; as explained by Mr. Sweet and others, it is due to the action of the tongue. The wide of [=e] ([=e]ve) is [i^] ([i^]ll); of [=a] ([=a]te) is [e^] ([e^]nd), etc. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect] 13-15.

  9. (Stock Exchanges) Having or showing a wide difference between the highest and lowest price, amount of supply, etc.; as, a wide opening; wide prices, where the prices bid and asked differ by several points.

    Note: Wide is often prefixed to words, esp. to participles and participial adjectives, to form self-explaining compounds; as, wide-beaming, wide-branched, wide-chopped, wide-echoing, wide-extended, wide-mouthed, wide-spread, wide-spreading, and the like.

    Far and wide. See under Far.

    Wide gauge. See the Note under Cauge, 6.


a. (en-comparative of: wide)

Usage examples of "wider".

And so in this sense it is properly said that this stage is higher or deeper, meaning more valuable and useful for a wider range of interactions.

These theories, instead of helping us escape from the reductionistic and objectifying flatland of instrumentalism, are simply leading the way for an expansion of its reach, tossing the net wider by making it shallower.

We are all holons within holons within holons forever, and each of these theorists helps orient us to deeper and larger engagements, therein to find deeper and wider meanings and liberations.

Granted individual behavior is to some important extent determined by the wider social holon.

Whether one is a Freudian or not, this is still the most accurate and succinct summary of all forms of uncovering psychotherapy, and it simply points to an expansion of ego, an expansion of I-ness, into a higher and wider identity that integrates previously alienated processes.

Over-Soul, the World Soul, it is not that individuality disappears, but thatonce againit is negated and preserved in a deeper and wider ground, a ground that conspicuously includes all of nature and its glories.

The Big Three in yet deeper unfoldings, higher reaches, wider communities, stronger affirmations.

Kosmos thus exerts an omega pull on the shallower and narrower contexts, and when that particular wider depth is reached, that particular omega pull subsides, with the new depth finding that it now exists in a yet-wider and yet-deeper context of its own, which now exerts an unrelenting omega force to once again transcend, to once again embrace more of the Kosmos with care and consciousness.

This re-membering or re-collecting or re-uniting is the Path of Ascent, which, Socrates says, is driven by Eros, by Love, by the finding of greater and greater uniona higher and wider identity, as we have been putting it.

Rationality, as a basic organizing principle of average consciousness, was indeed deeper and wider than mythology, and that was its positive and evolutionary advance, which allowed the Enlightenment philosophes to wildly deconstruct so much of the predecessor worldview: they no doubt had a great deal of truth on their side.

It not only flattened the Kosmos to a one-dimensional, monological affair, it sealed out the possibility of deeper and wider developments that alone could defuse its own insoluble dilemmas.

My point for now is simply that every Eros or Ascent brings a liberating force which can then, barring fixation or repression, be embodied in a wider Agape or compassion.

Deeper and wider than production and consumption was the citizen life, the life of intersubjective relationship and interpersonal friendship.

There is no longer a deeper or higher happiness, only a wider happiness.

We would then be driven merely by pleasure and pain, and thus we would have no resources in ourselves that could deny our own egocentric drives in the name of a deeper and wider compassion for others.