from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The measure or dimension from side to side; width.
  • n. A piece usually produced in a standard width: a breadth of canvas.
  • n. Wide range or scope: breadth of knowledge.
  • n. Tolerance; broadmindedness: a jurist of great breadth and wisdom.
  • n. An effect of unified, encompassing vision in an artistic composition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The extent or measure of how broad or wide something is.
  • n. A piece of fabric of standard width.
  • n. Scope or range, especially of knowledge or skill.
  • n. (graph theory) the length of the longest path between two vertices on a graph

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Distance from side to side of any surface or thing; measure across, or at right angles to the length; width.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The measure of the second principal diameter of a surface or solid, the first being length, and the third (in the case of a solid) thickness.
  • n. Hence Figuratively, largeness; freedom from narrowness or restraint; liberality: as, breadth of culture, breadth of view, etc.
  • n. That quality in a work of art, whether pictorial or plastic, which is obtained by the simple, clear rendering of essential forms, and the strict subordination of details to general effect.
  • n. In logic, extension; an aggregate of subjects of which a logical term can be predicated.
  • n. Something that has breadth; specifically, a piece of a fabric of the regular width; a width.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the extent of something from side to side
  • n. the capacity to understand a broad range of topics


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English breth, from brede (on the model of length, length).

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broad +‎ -th



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