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- present participle and gerund of
- 1941 October, F. S. Bond, “The Railways of China”, in Railway Magazine, page 440:
- And so, unfortunately, this great and spreading network of railways, that recently showed such promise as a major instrument in the modern development of China, must be left for the time being in the melting-pot of Armageddon.
- 2013 May 10, Audrey Garric, “Urban canopies let nature bloom”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 22, page 30:
- As towns continue to grow, replanting vegetation has become a form of urban utopia and green roofs are spreading fast. Last year 1m square metres of plant-covered roofing was built in France, as much as in the US, and 10 times more than in Germany, the pioneer in this field.
- The act by which something is spread.
- 1991, Samuel D. Robbins, Wisconsin Birdlife: Population & Distribution Past & Present, page 579:
- Small numbers [of meadowlarks] remain on farms in the southern counties throughout the winter, usually relying on fresh manure spreadings for food when snow covers the fields.
act by which something is spread
- Abbreviation of . (in competitive debating)