1of great or more than average width:a wide road (after a measurement and in questions) from side to side:it measures 15 cm long by 12 cm wide how wide do you think this house is? open to the full extent:his eyes were wide with fear considerable:tax revenues have undershot Treasury projections by a wide margin 2including a great variety of people or things:a wide range of opinion his wide circle of friends spread among a large number of people or over a large area:the government’s desire for wider share ownership considering or dealing with the more general aspects of a situation, issue, etc.:the wider implications of the dispute [in combination] extending over the whole of:an industry-wide trend
3at a considerable or specified distance from an intended point or target:the ball was wide of the leg stump (especially in soccer) at or near the side of the field:he played in a wide left position 1to the full extent:his eyes opened wide
2far from a particular or intended point or target:his final touchline conversion drifted wide (especially in football) at or near the side of the field:he will play wide on the right
(also wide ball) Cricket a ball that is judged to be too wide of the stumps for the batsman to play, for which an extra is awarded to the batting side.
1fully open:the door was wide open 2very vulnerable, unprotected:the system is wide open to fraud 3(of an issue or contest) completely unresolved:the election is wide open with six candidates in serious contention for the seats