plašs

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See also: plass and pláss

Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A parallel form of plats (broad, wide) (q.v.) which became an independent word.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

plašs (def. plašais, comp. plašāks, sup. visplašākais; adv. plaši)

  1. wide, broad, spacious, large (occupying a large area)
    plašas telpaslarge rooms
    plaša dzīvoklislarge appartment, flat
    plašs laukums, līdzenumswide area, vast plains
    plaši laukivast fields
    aiziet plašajā pasaulē — to go into the wide world (= to leave one's native home)
    plašs rokrakstswide handwriting
    uzbrukums plaša frontē — attack on a wide front
    durvis ir plaši vaļā — the door is wide open
  2. wide, broad, extensive (having connections with many things or people; meaning a lot; having a wide range or extension)
    plašs grāmatnīcu tīklswide, large bookstore network
    plašas lasītāju aprindaswide circle of readers
    plašas zināšanas, intereseswide knowledge, interests
    plašs vēsturisks apskatswide historical overview
    plašas iespējas, perspektīvaswide possibilites, pespectives
    plašas svinībasextensive celebration

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

In general, plats is used to mean “wide, broad” in a more literal sense, while plašs has more metaphorical senses.

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “plats” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7