\ 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

Other Words from breadth

breadthwise \ ˈbretth-​ˌwīz How to pronounce breadth (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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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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\ 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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