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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Widening'

Widening Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    widening n
  1. an increase in width [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]
  2. a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park [syn: turnout]
  3. the act of making something wider [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]
Widening Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Widen \Wid"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Widened; p. pr. & vb. n. Widening.] 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 stocking.
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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:

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* A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. - Albert Einstein

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  • DPWH picks up road widening
    THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 is pushing through with a road widening project in the Banilad-Talamban corridor, in order to ease the traffic congestion. The project, which costs P150 million, was suspended in December last year because of problems with the road-right-of-way acquisition. Read more on this news related to 'Widening'
  • Road works in Surigao to ease traffic and flooding
    Surigao City, Surigao del Norte — The groundwork for the multi-million road-widening and drainage system projects in this fast-growing town is placed into high gear in an effort to mitigate flooding and heavy traffic, particularly along the Metro Surigao City Wharf Road. The widening of Surigao City Wharf Road (Km 1125 + 935 - Km 1126 + 515) in the Bilang-Bilang Read more on this news related to 'Widening'
  • U.S. SWAPS-Long-dated spreads pare widening after jobs data
    The spreads on longer-dated U.S. interest swap rates over Treasuries yields pared their earlier widening early Friday as a weaker-than-forecast reading on U.S. payrolls growth in July pared some worries ... Read more on this news related to 'Widening'

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