expanse


expanse
expanse, amplitude, spread, stretch are comparable when they denote an area or range of considerable or conspicuous extent.
Expanse is applied chiefly to vast areas open to view and usually uniform in character
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pure as the expanse of Heaven— Milton

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thy mariners explore the wide expanseCowper

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great expanse of country spread around and below— D. H. Lawrence

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Amplitude implies in general use an ampleness in what it describes and suggests relative largeness (as in size or range)
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with a face dark and proud as a Borgia's, though not cruel; with a figure of noble amplitudeDonn Byrne

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the amplitude of his vision found supreme expression in a style that is meticulous, colorful, and luminous— Milletty

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or greatness (as in character or quality)
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he displayed a Miltonic amplitude of ambition and style— Bush

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a red-curtained English inn . . . stood sideways in the road, as if standing aside in the amplitude of hospitality— Chesterton

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but in technical contexts in which the word is specifically applied to the range of a variable (as wavelength or a statistical array) the notion of ampleness has given way to that of magnitude, and amplitude means no more than size or extent
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the size or extent of the swing is known as the amplitude of the pendulum— Taffel

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the maximum distance the curve rises above or falls below the horizontal axis ... is known as its amplitudeF. E. Seymour & P. J. Smith

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Spread is applied to an expanse drawn out in all directions
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the water ... a ripply spread of sun and sea— Browning

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a trackless spread of moor— Blackmore

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under the immense spread of the starry heavens— Stevenson

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Stretch is applied to an expanse in one of its two dimensions
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the beach was a narrow stretch of sand

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a stretch of farmland extending as far as the distant mountains

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the great stretches of fields that lay beside the road— Anderson

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Analogous words: *range, reach, scope, compass, sweep, orbit: domain, territory, sphere, *field

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