Extensive Ex*ten"sive, a. [L. extensivus: cf. F. extensif. See {Extend}.] 1. Having wide extent; of much superficial extent; expanded; large; broad; wide; comprehensive; as, an extensive farm; an extensive lake; an extensive sphere of operations; extensive benevolence; extensive greatness. [1913 Webster]

2. Capable of being extended. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Silver beaters choose the finest coin, as that which is most extensive under the hammer. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

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