Other forms: expanses

An expanse is a huge area you can look at all at once. If you climb to the top of a mountain, suggest that your fellow climbers take time to admire the expanse of trees below.

Expanse looks like the word expand. Both come from the Latin word expandere, meaning "to spread out, unfold." But where did expandere come from? Ex- means "out" and pandere means "spread or stretch." So an expanse is something that seems to unfold before your eyes, or to put it another way, something that stretches out as far as the eye can see.

Definitions of expanse
  1. noun
    a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky
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    any broad thin expanse or surface
    a large and unbroken expanse or distance
    slack, slack water
    a stretch of water without current or movement
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    an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
  2. noun
    a wide scope
    synonyms: sweep
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    ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach, scope
    an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"
  3. noun
    the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
    synonyms: area, surface area
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    acreage, land area
    an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming)
    the area taken up by some object
    a surface area where something has been erased
    blank space, place, space
    a blank area
    one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
    balk, baulk
    the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
    plane section, section
    (geometry) the area created by a plane cutting through a solid
    the area of a circle bounded by a chord and an arc of the circle
    the blank space that surrounds the text on a page
    indent, indentation, indention, indenture
    the space left between the margin and the start of an indented line
    cross section
    a section created by a plane cutting a solid perpendicular to its longest axis
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    the distance or area or volume over which something extends
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