breadth

noun \ ˈbretth , ˈbredth , nonstandard ˈbreth \
|Updated on: 21 Aug 2018

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
3 a : comprehensive quality : scope
  • the breadth of his learning
b : liberality of views or taste
  • breadth of mind

breadthwise

play \ˈbretth-ˌwīz, ˈbredth-, nonstandard ˈbreth-\ adverb or adjective

Examples of breadth in a Sentence

  1. We measured the height, breadth, and depth of each piece of furniture.

  2. a great breadth of land awaited those who were brave and hardy enough to settle it

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Origin and Etymology of breadth

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



BREADTH Defined for English Language Learners

breadth

Definition of breadth for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

breadth

noun \ ˈbredth \

Definition of breadth for Students

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


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