from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Breadth; extent from side to side.
  • noun Coarseness; grossness; indelicacy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition or quality of being broad; breadth; coarseness; grossness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The characteristic of being broad.

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

  • noun the property of being wide; having great width


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  • They listened with edification to the racy remarks of their hostess, voicing that theoretical "broadness" of opinion as to the conduct of life which, quite as much as the perfume which she always used, was a specialty of her provocative personality; they spoke now and then, to be sure, as she drew them into conversation, but their real intercourse was almost altogether silent.

    The Bent Twig Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1918

  • Moreover, the very indeterminateness of the dialect, the possibility of using varying degrees of "broadness," increased the facility of rhyming, and added notably to the ease and spontaneity of composition.

    Robert Burns How To Know Him William Allan Neilson 1907

  • After Andreas saw the work going into the Genie and some of the other characters in Aladdin, he realized he couldn’t compete with that kind of broadness, so he decided to underplay Jafar.

    12th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation Steve Hulett 2008

  • Bright acidity cuts that broadness, bringing near-perfect balance.

    The New York Cork Report: 2009

  • Perhaps for this reason, I've detected that listeners adopt a broadness of the musical mind that they would otherwise not adopt at the symphony or in private listening on an MP3 player.

    What is the Organ? 2009

  • My only real complaint is that too many of the parts are acted with all-but-cartoonish broadness.

    All Talking! All Laughing! Terry Teachout 2012

  • "Art," as I understand the term in its broadness, contradistinguishes from nature.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters 2010

  • Bright acidity cuts that broadness, bringing near-perfect balance.

    Tasting Notes 2009

  • The puritan streak in her training was astonished and shocked by some of the broadness; but she refused to sit in judgment.


  • It retains a vestigial reputation for a kind of glamour, sophistication and broadness.

    Happy Days Aren't Here Again Peggy Noonan 2011


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