\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web For both its size (over 8,600 square feet) and breadth, the project is the apotheosis and synthesis of everything the designer has done. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "The Best of Japanese Dining and Design, Under One Parisian Roof," 2 Jan. 2020 Zou Zhidan, an analyst at the consulting firm Zero Power in Shenzhen, said that given Huawei’s size and the breadth of its business, the company won’t face a survival crisis. Ken Moritsugu,, "Huawei sales up 18%, but U.S. keeping up the pressure," 31 Dec. 2019 Inside Harris’ Oakland campaign office, photographer Justin Sullivan questions the myth of the Harris brand with generous breadth. Wired, "Depth of Field: Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths," 5 Dec. 2019 Beats technology focuses on clarity and breadth, delivering accurate acoustics and balance. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Save over 50% on the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones for Cyber Monday," 1 Dec. 2019 And working in the Senate allowed me to have a great impact across an incredible breadth of issues. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Sudip Parikh chosen as AAAS CEO," 30 Oct. 2019 Finally, statistics are used to underscore the severity or breadth of the issue. Jaclyn Schildkraut, The Conversation, "Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings?," 22 Oct. 2019 Taking time to expand your intellectual universe will give you breadth and prepare you to become an even better leader. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t be so quick to dismiss that liberal arts degree," 14 Oct. 2019 However, there are many other types of fear that have been understudied or not yet studied at all, leaving us with more depth and less breadth in our understanding of fear. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, "On the Nature of Fear," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of breadth was in the 15th century

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Breadth.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce breadth (audio) How to pronounce breadth (audio)

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


\ 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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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