Definitions of spreading
  1. noun
    act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time
    synonyms: spread
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    the spread or transmission of something (as news or money) to a wider group or area
    diffusion, dispersal, dispersion, dissemination
    the act of dispersing or diffusing something
    scatter, scattering, strewing
    the act of scattering
    decentralisation, decentralization
    the spread of power away from the center to local branches or governments
    circulation again
    crop-dusting, spraying
    the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)
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    act of expanding in scope; making more widely available
  2. noun
    process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space
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    the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another
    dispersion, scattering
    spreading widely or driving off
    (pathology) the spread of pathogenic microorganisms or malignant cells to new sites in the body
    (physiology) the spread of sensory neural impulses in the cortex
    the spread of a group of organisms into new habitats
    the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time
    breaking up and scattering by dispersion
    adaptive radiation
    the development of many different forms from an originally homogeneous group of organisms as they fill different ecological niches
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    change of location, travel
    a movement through space that changes the location of something
  3. noun
    the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate
    synonyms: airing, dissemination, public exposure
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    the dissemination of copies of periodicals (as newspapers or magazines)
    extension, propagation
    the spreading of something (a belief or practice) into new regions
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    communication by means of transmitted signals
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