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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Adam says the breadth and quality of Alabama produce spurs his creativity as much as the variety of fish pulled from the Gulf of Mexico. Eric Velasco, al, "Try seafood like you’ve never had before at Automatic," 7 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Neuralink’s system is the breadth and depth of their approach. Jennifer Collinger, The Conversation, "Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace," 19 July 2019 The economic breadth and scope of the outdoor recreation industry has grown. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "A new day for Colorado’s $62 billion outdoors industry as it balances promotion with conservation," 17 June 2019 Because, as a consequence of the linear model, the target window must have length, breadth and height, and cannot pass through a single point. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Slippery Math of Causation’," 29 June 2018 The breadth of the field was on display in the first Democratic debates Wednesday and Thursday nights. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Democrats feel power in diverse field of candidates," 29 June 2019 Researcher Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Foundation said the reasons for such wide differences are not entirely clear, but seem to be related to the breadth of hospital and doctor networks in each state, and the ways those networks are designed. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Denver Post, "1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers a “surprise” medical bill," 20 June 2019 Researcher Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Foundation said the reasons for such wide differences are not entirely clear, but seem to be related to the breadth of hospital and doctor networks in each state, and the ways those networks are designed. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Houston Chronicle, "1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers 'surprise' bill," 20 June 2019 Hong Kong Is on the Frontlines of a Global Battle for Freedom The breadth of opposition to the bill is remarkable. Amy Gunia, Time, "Protesters Call for Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam to Step Down in the Wake of the Failed Extradition Bill," 16 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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