\ˈbretth, ˈbredth, nonstandard ˈbreth \

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, 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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Public trust is essential for USP to succeed in these tasks, and Piervincenzi believes that even if faith in governments and institutions is on the wane, the breadth and diversity of his organization’s expert network sustains its credibility. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "The Little-known History and Global Future of Quality Medicines," 31 May 2018 Republicans opposed the vote, saying that the town shouldn’t be in the real estate business, and that the uncertainty of the breadth of the PCB issue should give leaders pause. Mikaela Porter,, "Malloy Says Financial Tech Company Will Relocate To Former UConn Campus In West Hartford," 3 July 2018 Damon and his team are unrivaled in their breadth of knowledge in the space as well as in the representation of their incredible clients. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "UTA Acquires E-Sports Agency, Management Firm to Expand Gaming Business," 27 June 2018 Big Picture Science, the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show and podcast, does a good job of showing the depth and breadth of what science really means, from the secrets of our inner biology to the mysteries of the farthest reaches of space. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Selling science, and debunking pseudoscience, through great stories," 23 June 2018 But so far, the depth and breadth of Cuchna’s research is impressive. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Is It Futile to 'Dissect' Frank Ocean's Work?," 17 May 2018 Danni Konig's two straight starts up top in favor of Emery Welshman have provided a clearer picture of the breadth of Koch's options in attack. Patrick Brennan,, "Takeaways: FC Cincinnati storms to 3-0 win at Ottawa Fury," 29 Apr. 2018 There's a part of me that's quite entrepreneurial, and wants to hit it out of the park and make something big, something large, of breadth. Sam Schube, GQ, "Scott Sternberg on His New Line, His Exit from Band of Outsiders, and Making Clothes for the Entire World," 4 Apr. 2018 But the depth and breadth of the data that tech firms collect can surprise even the most savvy internet users. David Johnson, Time, "Answer These 8 Questions to Find Out How Private Your Personal Data Really Is," 23 Mar. 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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Phrases Related to breadth

hair's breadth

the length and breadth of

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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


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Kids Definition of breadth

1 : distance measured from side to side

2 : scope sense 2 the breadth of the investigation

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