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Definitions for breadth
brɛdθ, brɛtθ, brɛθbreadth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breadth, comprehensiveness, largenessnoun

    the capacity to understand a broad range of topics

    "a teacher must have a breadth of knowledge of the subject"; "a man distinguished by the largeness and scope of his views"

  2. width, breadthnoun

    the extent of something from side to side


  1. breadthnoun

    The extent or measure of how broad or wide something is.

  2. breadthnoun

    A piece of fabric of standard width.

  3. breadthnoun

    Scope or range, especially of knowledge or skill.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Breadthnoun

    The measure of any plain superficies from side to side.

    Etymology: from brad, broad, Saxon.

    There is in Ticinum, in Italy, a church that hath windows only from above: it is in length an hundred feet, in breadth twenty, and in height near fifty; having a door in the midst. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 794.

    The river Ganges, according unto later relations, if not in length, yet in breadth and depth, may be granted to excel it. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. vi. c. 7.

    Then all approach the slain with vast surprize,
    Admire on what a breadth of earth he lies. Dryden.

    In our Gothick cathedrals, the narrowness of the arch makes it rise in height; the lowness opens it in breadth. Addison.


  1. breadth

    Breadth refers to the width of an object or the extent, range, or scope of something. In a general sense, it can also refer to the comprehensive or broad nature of knowledge or experience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breadthadjective

    distance from side to side of any surface or thing; measure across, or at right angles to the length; width

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Breadth

    bredth, n. extent from side to side: width: a style in painting in which details are strictly subordinated to the harmony of the whole composition.—adv. Breadth′ways, broadside on. [A.S. brǽdu; Ger. briete. See Broad.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. breadth

    The measure of a vessel from side to side in any particular place athwart-ships. (See STRAIGHT OF BREADTH, HEIGHT OF BREADTH, TOP-TIMBER BREADTH, &c.)--Breadth of beam, extreme breadth of a ship.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breadth in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breadth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of breadth in a Sentence

  1. Diogenes the Cynic:

    Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.

  2. Ralph W. Sockman:

    In all living there is a certain narrowness of application which leads to breadth and power. We have to concent on a thing in order to master it. Then we must be broad enough not to be narrowed by our specialties.

  3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.

  4. Peter Kucik:

    There is a lot of breadth to authorize things more broadly than they’ve been authorized, provided that the broad (legislative) contours are adhered to.

  5. Gerald Gurney:

    I can safely say that the scope of the 20-year UNC fraud scandal easily takes the prize for the largest and most nefarious scandal in the history of NCAA enforcement. The depth and breadth of the scheme -- involving counselors, coaches, academic administrators, faculty, athletic administrators, etc. -- eclipses any previous case.

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