breadth

noun
\ ˈbretth How to pronounce breadth (audio) , ˈbredth, nonstandard ˈbreth How to pronounce breadth (audio) \

Definition of breadth

1 : distance from side to side : width the height, breadth, and depth of each piece of furniture
2 : something of full width begin with a breadth of silk
3a : comprehensive quality : scope the breadth of his learning
b : liberality of views or taste breadth of mind

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Other Words from breadth

breadthwise \ ˈbretth-​ˌwīz How to pronounce breadthwise (audio) , ˈbredth-​ , nonstandard  ˈbreth-​ \ adverb or adjective

Examples of breadth in a Sentence

We measured the height, breadth, and depth of each piece of furniture. a great breadth of land awaited those who were brave and hardy enough to settle it

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But while the explosion of the wellness movement has yielded a breadth of cortisol-lowering offerings to gift and get, any expert will emphasize: Nothing wards off stress as effectively as meditation. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Meditate on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," 6 Dec. 2018 The bequests here exhibit a greater breadth and quality than the holdings of some single-collector museums. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 Sofranko has gathered dancers in this company with a breadth of experiences that range from companies like the Nederlands Dans Theater, to local mainstays such as ODC and Lines Ballet. Mary Ellen Hunt, SFChronicle.com, "Through the darkness, SFDanceworks takes flight," 9 June 2018 In the essay, Smith-Rosenberg considers a wealth of letters written to and from female friends in the 1700s to mid-1800s, women who lived across the United States and who represented a wide breadth of socioeconomic classes. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 Here Child’s music reaches its greatest expressive breadth, from quiet trance to blazing outbursts that distantly recall Messiaen’s ecstatic visions. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, "From Philip Glass to folk-inspired violin, sounds for the summer," 4 July 2018 Time after time in the term's waning days, the court's conservative majority thumped its liberal minority in 5-4 decisions, noteworthy in some cases for their breadth and in others for their narrow, almost tortured reasoning. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court's conservatives mark return to power with major rulings, minor punts," 27 June 2018 But the recently debuted dinner menu shows a wider breadth of possibilities. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Fishtown's Suraya is one of the most exciting new dining destinations of the year," 22 June 2018 Considering the wide breadth of projects and needs in the city, Dobeck said a Clean Water Act Integrated Plan is required going forward. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Parma officials pushing for stormwater and wastewater-related Clean Water Act Integrated Plan," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of breadth

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breadth

Middle English breadeth, breth, from brede breadth (from Old English brǣdu, from brād broad) + -th (as in lengthe length)

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breadth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breadth

: the distance from one side to the other side of something
: the quality of including many things : the wide scope or range of something

breadth

noun
\ ˈbredth How to pronounce breadth (audio) \

Kids Definition of breadth

1 : distance measured from side to side
2 : scope sense 2 the breadth of the investigation

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