Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Widening'
- an increase in width [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]
- a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park [syn: turnout]
- the act of making something wider [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]
- Widen \Wid"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Widened; p. pr. & vb. n.
To make wide or wider; to extend in breadth; to increase the
width of; as, to widen a field; to widen a breach; to widen a
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Widening'
Semantic change, also known as semantic shift or semantic progression describes the evolution of word usage — usually to the point that the modern meaning is radically different from the original usage. In diachronic (or historical) linguistics, semantic change is a change in one of the meanings of a word. Every word has a variety of senses and connotations which can be added, removed, or altered over time, often to the extent that cognates across space and time have very different meanings. The study of semantic change can be seen as part of etymology, onomasiology, semasiology and semantics.
A number of classification schemes have been suggested for semantic change. The most widely accepted scheme in the English-speaking academic world is from Bloomfield (1933):
However, the categorization of Blank (1998) has gained increasing acceptance:[See more about Widening at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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- Russia Faces Widening 2014 Budget Deficit, Siluanov Says
Russia’s federal budget deficit will probably widen next year more than previously planned as a weaker economy risks erasing 650 billion rubles ($20.8 billion) in revenue, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said. Read more on this news related to 'Widening'
- Houston revives Carl Vinson Parkway widening
WARNER ROBINS -- The Houston County Commission is reviving a widening project from the 2001 special purpose local option sales tax that it once thought it couldn’t afford. Read more on this news related to 'Widening'
- Hezbollah Role in Syria Highlights Widening of Conflict
Syrian government forces and their Hezbollah allies from Lebanon pounded rebels yesterday in an offensive to retake the strategic city of Al-Qusair, as the country’s civil war escalates into a regional conflict. Read more on this news related to 'Widening'