breadth

noun
\ ˈbretth, ˈbredth, nonstandard ˈbreth \

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 , 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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On the shelves, hardbound scripts of most of the movies Witherspoon has made sit in stacks and remind you of the sheer breadth of her work. Zoë Ghertner, Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon: Activist, Advocate, Hollywood’s Moral Compass," 10 Jan. 2019 From the outset, Bridgewater took possession of the full breadth of the stage, wending her way from one end to the other, turning around to address the audience in the terrace seating behind her and otherwise drawing a full house into her embrace. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Dee Dee Bridgewater embraces her Memphis soul," 2 June 2018 And the breadth of the work is enormous but needed. Michelle Archer, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue research scientist is on a mission to improve global health equality," 12 Dec. 2018 The difference here is the sheer breadth of branching dialogue paths and optional conversations packed into this early-2019 PC adventure game—not to mention the hilariously dark and brutal script driving its horror-loving humor forward. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 What is unusual is the breadth and size of Tennessee’s single-country ETF holdings. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Emerging-Market Tremors Rattle Tennessee’s Public Pensions," 8 Sep. 2018 All this took the hundredth part of a second, a hair’s breadth of time. The Economist, "An eerie dystopian prophecy by a disillusioned Bolshevik," 31 May 2018 The definition, breadth, and fidelity of reflections with DirectX Ray Tracing (DXR) enabled, in buildings and zones that are designed with reflections in mind, are sheer stunners. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10," 24 Nov. 2018 But enforcers are intently focused on harm to consumers, and Amazon’s retailing platform is beloved by its customers for its breadth and convenience. Ben Brody, The Seattle Times, "Trump renews attack on Washington Post, Amazon," 23 July 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 \

Kids Definition of breadth

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

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