to spread over (a surface); cover (usually followed by with):
a table bespread with fine linens.
He got out the box of ointment and bespread the strips of torn handkerchief.
The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
The greater part of my way lay near the sea shore, which was bespread with the wrecks of vessels.
Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
verb -spreads, -spreading, -spread
(transitive) to cover (a surface) with something
c.1200, from be- + spread (v.).
besprinkled; bestrewn. Historical Examples And he rode a great white mare, whose bases and other housings were black, but all besprent with fair lilys of silver sheen. Phantastes George MacDonald What beckoning ghost, besprent with April dew, Hails me so solemnly to yonder yew? Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell The books at Saint-Cyr were stamped […]
to sprinkle (something) all over, as with water or a powder. Historical Examples Already had the snow begun to besprinkle the sky, and the branches of the trees were covered with rime like rabbit-skin. Devil Stories Various It would be a public service to besprinkle the path with sand. Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer George […]
of the highest quality, excellence, or standing: the best work; the best students. most advantageous, suitable, or desirable: the best way. largest; most: the best part of a day. most excellently or suitably; with most advantage or success: an opera role that best suits her voice. in or to the highest degree; most fully (usually […]
to stir up; rouse to action (often used reflexively): She bestirred herself at the first light of morning. Historical Examples Courage, hope, enterprise to bestir themselves, where will they come from? The Red Cross in Peace and War Clara Barton Get up, husband, and bestir yourself, for we must be king of all the land. […]