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  1. present participle of spread
    • 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[1], 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.


spreading (plural spreadings)

  1. 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.