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Wadest vs Widest - What's the difference?

wadest | widest |

As a verb wadest

is archaic second-person singular of wade.

As an adjective widest is

superlative of wide.




  • (archaic) (wade)

  • wade


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) wadan'', from (etyl) "to go". Cognates include Latin ''vadere "go, walk; rush" (whence English invade, evade).


  • to walk through water or something that impedes progress.
  • * Milton
  • So eagerly the fiend / With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, / And swims, or sinks, or wades , or creeps, or flies.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter VIII
  • After breakfast the men set out to hunt, while the women went to a large pool of warm water covered with a green scum and filled with billions of tadpoles. They waded in to where the water was about a foot deep and lay down in the mud. They remained there from one to two hours and then returned to the cliff.
  • to progress with difficulty
  • to wade through a dull book
  • * Dryden
  • And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.
  • * Davenant
  • The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.
  • to walk through (water or similar impediment); to pass through by wading
  • wading swamps and rivers
  • To enter recklessly.
  • to wade into a fight or a debate


    (en noun)
  • an act of wading
  • Etymology 2


  • (Mortimer)
    (Webster 1913)


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  • (wide)
  • Anagrams





  • Having a large physical extent from side to side.
  • Large in scope.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders
  • , title= Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.}}
  • (sports) Operating at the side of the playing area.
  • On one side or the other of the mark; too far sideways from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.
  • * Spenser
  • Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand.
  • * Massinger
  • I was but two bows wide .
  • (phonetics, dated) Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the organs in the mouth.
  • Remote; distant; far.
  • * Hammond
  • the contrary being so wide from the truth of Scripture and the attributes of God
  • (obsolete) Far from truth, propriety, necessity, etc.
  • * Milton
  • our wide expositors
  • * Latimer
  • It is far wide that the people have such judgments.
  • * Herbert
  • How wide is all this long pretence!
  • (computing) Of or supporting a greater range of text characters than can fit into the traditional representation.
  • a wide''' character; a '''wide stream


    * narrow (regarding empty area) * thin (regarding occupied area) * skinny (sometimes offensive, regarding body width)


  • extensively
  • He travelled far and wide .
  • completely
  • He was wide awake.
  • away from a given goal
  • The arrow fell wide of the mark.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards.}}
  • So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.
  • (Shakespeare)


    (en noun)
  • (cricket) A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score
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