broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side.
a broad avenue
wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned
rugs eight feet wide
or applied to unfilled space between limits.
a wide doorway
broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered.
deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point.
a deep cupboard
We walked in the deep snow.
a deep valley between the mountains
The water is deepest in the middle of the lake.
She's afraid of swimming in deep water.
a plant with deep roots
The house has lots of deep closets.
She has a small but deep wound on her arm.
This enormous canyon is over a mile deep.
The shelves are 10 inches deep.
He stepped into an ankle-deep puddle of mud. Adverb
The ship now lies deep below the water's surface.
Our feet sank deeper into the mud.
The treasure was buried deep within the ground.
Their secret offices were located deep underground.
We walked deep into the forest.
The soldiers are operating deep within enemy territory.
I stood three feet deep in the water.
He stepped ankle-deep into a puddle of mud. Noun
the kind of cold weather that we usually have only in the deep of winter
sailors exploring the farther reaches of the briny deepSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
This year’s team will be deep but very young and inexperienced.
Joe Magill, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2022 Nathaniel Hackett may be a Mile High but his offense is barely an inch deep.
Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 His feelings might not be that deep, and that’s cool, too.
Meg Donohue, ELLE, 16 Nov. 2022 With deep seats and mid-height back cushions, this sectional is made for lounging.
Molly Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Nov. 2022 The cuts aren’t as deep as a previous plan that faced sharp criticism, but the plan could still have dramatic ripple effects.
Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2022 The Dump Trump crowd, though bigger at the moment than at perhaps any time since 2016, does not seem to fully understand how deep and unquestioning the cult of personality around Trump still is within parts of the party.
Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 11 Nov. 2022 After a cageside doctor assessed that Nemkov’s cut was too deep for the bout to continue, the fight was halted with 5 seconds left in round 3.
Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 The degree to which my depression abated might correlate with, and perhaps depend upon, how deep my spiritual experience had been.
Daniel Burke, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022
Airborne dust emissions — PM10 particles — now meet environmental limits in the region, but concentrations of smaller PM2.5 particles that can reach deep into the lungs and bloodstream still do not hit World Health Organization standards.
Karel Janicek, ajc, 18 Nov. 2022 If Ukraine did inadvertently shoot an SA-10 missile deep into Polish territory, this would not be the first case of a Soviet-era missile defense system missing its mark.
John Hudson, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 Celebrities ranging from Emily Ratajkowski to Jennifer Lopez have been diving deep into the look.
Kristen Bateman, ELLE, 17 Nov. 2022 If Ukraine did inadvertently shoot an SA-10 missile deep into Polish territory, this would not be the first case of a Soviet-era missile defense system missing its mark.
John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022 Stralman is old by NHL standards, as are fellow 30-somethings Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and now even Brad Marchand, but his experience could prove invaluable if the Bruins work deep into a playoff run.
Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 On top of the popular sports listed above, the DraftKings betting menu runs deep with odds for cricket, darts, cycling, lacrosse, handball, rugby, motorsports, and much more.
Brian Sausa | Catena Media, al, 15 Nov. 2022 On the next play, Herbert connected deep with Carter for 33 yards to the San Francisco two-yard line.Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 No one played more than 24 minutes as coach Brian Dutcher went 10 deep with his initial rotation: nine veterans plus true freshman Elijah Saunders.
Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022
This machine does all of the heavy lifting in the form of deep-keading, compression, and heat.
Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 15 Nov. 2022 That was Aumavae, a true freshman who this week is listed as the backup to Burmeister on SDSU’s two-deep for Saturday night’s game against Hawaii.San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2022 Auburn also made a couple changes at receiver on the two-deep: Koy Moore and Malcolm Johnson Jr. are listed as co-starters at the Z-receiver spot, while converted tight end Landen King has supplanted Tar’Varish Dawson Jr. as the No. 2 in the slot.
Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 26 Sep. 2022 Puaoi connected with Hampton again on a one-play drive for a 10-yard touchdown after his defense set them up with short field by forcing a fumble deep in Bartlett territory.
Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2022 Ohio State does not release an official depth chart, but this is our read on the two-deep based on game usage, practice intel and interviews.
Nathan Baird, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2022 Tate Johnson, who started the first four games of the season, was not listed on the two-deep after exiting the Missouri game with an injury.
Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 26 Sep. 2022 Running back Donovan Edwards is among three players on the two-deep of Michigan football's depth chart who will miss Saturday's game against Connecticut in Ann Arbor.
Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2022 As a prospect, Sierveld provides depth on the interior as a player who could be ready to compete for a spot in the two-deep by Year 2.
Stephen Means, cleveland, 4 May 2022 See More
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Adjective, Adverb, and Noun
Middle English dep, from Old English dēop; akin to Old High German tiof deep, Old English dyppan to dip — more at dip
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
The first known use of deep was
before the 12th century