Notebook, 1993-



Distance, Width, Fullness, Comprehension, Scope, Liberality

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Breadth n [obs. E brede breadth [fr. ME, fr OE br'ædu. fr. brád broad] + -th [as in length] (15c) 1: distance from side to side: Width. 2: something of full width. 3. a: comprehensive quality: scope [ __ of his learning] b: liberality of views or taste [ __ of mind] -breadth-wise.

Breadth n [obs. E brede breadth (fr. ME, fr. OE brédu, fr. brád broad] + -th [as in length]] [15c] 1: distance from side to side: width 2: something of full width 3a: comprehensive quality: Scope [ __ of his learning] b: liberality of views or taste [ __ of mind] -breadthwise...

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]

Broad adj. 1. of great breadth. 2. measured from side to side: the desk was three feet broad. 3. of great area: a broad expanse. 4. widely diffused; open; full; broad daylight. 5. not limited; of extensive range or scope. 6. liberal, tolerant. 7. main or general: the broad outlines of a subject. 8. plain or clear: a broad hint. 9. bold; plain-spoken. 10. indelicate: a broad joke. 11. [of conversation] rough, countrified. 12. unconfined; free; unrestrained; broad mirth. 13. [of pronunciation] strongly dialectal. -adv. 14. fully: he was broad awake. -n. 15. the broad part of anything. 16. Slang. a. a woman. b. a promiscuous woman. [ME brood, OE brãd; c. D. breed, G. breit, Icel breithr, Goth braiths] -Syn. 1. See wide. 3. extensive, ample, vast. 6. open. 10. gross. -Ant. narrow. [Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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