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 the true depth and breadth of this pillar of the Chinese culinary pantheon is poorly understood in the West, and better revealed at Original Cuisine than anywhere else in the Valley. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Mesa," 15 July 2019 Researchers have pored through Russia's disinformation campaign ahead of the 2016 election, revealing the depth and breadth of the operation that is believed to have reached more than 126 million Americans. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, "Conspiracy theory about slain DNC staffer was planted by Russian intelligence, report finds," 9 July 2019 Much has been written about the breadth of the problem, but the numbers still startle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego makes pension move but long slog remains," 12 June 2019 Moments like the Charlottesville rally reveal the depth and breadth of rightist undercurrents. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 The book was nine years in the making, but that can be only part of the explanation for its achievement of depth and breadth. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 4 June 2019 The hospital subsequently said that no current risk adjustment adequately accounted for the breadth and severity of its patients’ medical issues. New York Times, "UNC Children’s Hospital Suspends Most Complex Heart Surgeries," 17 June 2019 The bill is both terrifying in its breadth and is unfortunately not an anomaly. Hannah Brashers, Allure, "Early Abortion Laws: Which States Have Passed Them, and How Can You Help Those Affected?," 6 June 2019 Holzhauer, who has a 4-year-old daughter, credited his breadth of trivia knowledge with binge-reading books aimed at kids. Emily Yahr, nola.com, "James Holzhauer’s new title: former ‘Jeopardy’ champ," 4 June 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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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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