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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The sheer breadth of responsibilities has been baked into the position almost from the start. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 From blockbuster epics to smaller indie experiences to inventive takes on VR, the breadth and variety of games that came out over the last 12 months is astounding. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 Jason mentions that the firm hadn’t yet had many chances to work on such a gorgeous site, and that Ellis and Lee were keen to experience the breadth and width of their land throughout the day. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Embracing nature—and minimalism—in North Carolina," 26 Nov. 2018 Among these moats: Convenience, data, speed, breadth and flat-out excellent customer service. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Amazon is dominant online, but local retail still has advantages Jeff Bezos can’t replicate," 12 Nov. 2018 But while the explosion of the wellness movement has yielded a breadth of cortisol-lowering offerings to gift and get, any expert will emphasize: Nothing wards off stress as effectively as meditation. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Meditate on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," 6 Dec. 2018 The bequests here exhibit a greater breadth and quality than the holdings of some single-collector museums. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 Sofranko has gathered dancers in this company with a breadth of experiences that range from companies like the Nederlands Dans Theater, to local mainstays such as ODC and Lines Ballet. Mary Ellen Hunt, SFChronicle.com, "Through the darkness, SFDanceworks takes flight," 9 June 2018 In the essay, Smith-Rosenberg considers a wealth of letters written to and from female friends in the 1700s to mid-1800s, women who lived across the United States and who represented a wide breadth of socioeconomic classes. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 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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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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