- the measure of the second largest dimension of a plane or solid figure; width.
- an extent or piece of something of definite or full width or as measured by its width: a breadth of cloth.
- freedom from narrowness or restraint; liberality: a person with great breadth of view.
- size in general; extent.
- Art. a broad or general effect due to subordination of details or nonessentials.
Origin of breadth
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Examples from the Web for breadth
However, there was sharp disagreement over the breadth of the problem.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 7
December 7, 2014
Zoe Saldana has also recently praised sci-fi movies for the depth and breadth of women in its ensembles.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
A U.S. diplomat once spoke with bitterness of the breadth of his power when negotiating with an uncooperative dictator.This Is Obama’s U.N. Plan to Choke Off ISIS’s Recruits
September 22, 2014
She is shocked by the breadth of the havoc unleashed on Gaza and is devastated by the price Palestinians have paid.Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ Amid the Rubble of Gaza
August 28, 2014
A day spent on Ipanema offers a fascinating vision of the breadth and diversity of Rio society, rich and poor.The Girl From Ipanema Is Not Alone: Rio’s Famous Beach Is A Rich, Cultural Kaleidoscope
June 23, 2014
It is difficult for me to fix positively the breadth of this Pass.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
Betty believed that she did not change countenance by a hair's breadth.The Incomplete Amorist
For one of his shafts missed the mark by the breadth of two fingers.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
They have length, and breadth, and outline: have they nothing to do with depth?A Dish Of Orts
You got it up over the length and breadth of this whole land.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
- the linear extent or measurement of something from side to side; width
- a piece of fabric having a standard or definite width
- distance, extent, size, or dimension
- openness and lack of restriction, esp of viewpoint or interest; liberality
Word Origin and History for breadth
1520s, alteration of brede "breadth," from Old English brædu "breadth, width, extent," from bræd; probably by analogy of long/length.