[bredth, bretth, breth]
- 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
Synonyms for breadth
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- 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 for breadth
C16: from obsolete brēde (from Old English brǣdu, from brād broad) + -th 1; related to Gothic braidei, Old High German breitī
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1520s, alteration of brede "breadth," from Old English brædu "breadth, width, extent," from bræd; probably by analogy of long/length.
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