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Princeton's WordNet

  1. broadadjective

    slang term for a woman

    "a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"

  2. wide, broadadjective

    having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other

    "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river"

  3. across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, wideadjective

    broad in scope or content

    "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"

  4. broad, unspecificadjective

    not detailed or specific

    "a broad rule"; "the broad outlines of the plan"; "felt an unspecific dread"

  5. broad, unsubtleadjective

    lacking subtlety; obvious

    "gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave"

  6. broad(a), full(a)adjective

    being at a peak or culminating point

    "broad daylight"; "full summer"

  7. broad, spacious, wideadjective

    very large in expanse or scope

    "a broad lawn"; "the wide plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies"

  8. broadadjective

    (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional

    "a broad southern accent"

  9. broad, large-minded, liberal, tolerantadjective

    showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

    "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"


  1. broadnoun

    A prostitute, a woman of loose morals.

  2. broadnoun

    A woman or girl.

    Who was that broad I saw you with?

  3. broadnoun

    A shallow lake, one of a number of bodies of water in eastern Norfolk and Suffolk.

  4. broadadjective

    Wide in extent or scope.

  5. broadadjective

    Having a specified width (e.g. 3 ft broad).

  6. broadadjective

    Strongly regional.

  7. broadadjective

    Velarized, i.e. not palatalized.

  8. Etymology: From brood, brode, from brad, from braidaz, of uncertain origin. Possibly from (s)prei-. Cognate with braid, breed, bred, breed, breit, bred, breiður.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BROADadjective

    Etymology: brad, Saxon.

    The weeds that his broad spreading leaves did shelter,
    Are pull’d up root and all by Bolingbroke. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    The top may be justly said to grow broader, as the bottom narrower. William Temple.

    Of all your knowledge this vain fruit you have,
    To walk with eyes broad open to your grave. Dryden.

    So lofty was the pile, a Parthian bow,
    With vigour drawn, must send the shaft below,
    The bottom was full twenty fathom broad. John Dryden, Fables.

    He launch’d the firy bolt from pole to pole,
    Broad burst the lightnings, deep the thunders roll. Alexander Pope.

    As cloath’d in cloudy storm,
    Weak, wan, and broad, he skirts the southern sky. James Thomson.

    To keep him at a distance from falsehood and cunning, which has always a broad mixture of falsehood; this is the fittest preparation of a child for wisdom. John Locke.

    In mean time he, with cunning to conceal
    All thought of this from others, himself bore
    In broad house, with the wooers us before. George Chapman, Odyss.

    It no longer seeks the shelter of night and darkness, but appears in the broadest light. Decay of Piety.

    If children were left alone in the dark, they would be no more afraid than in broad sunshine. John Locke.

    The reeve and the miller are distinguished from each other, as much as the lady prioress and the broad speaking gap-toothed wife of Bath. John Dryden, Fables, Pref.

    Love made him doubt his broad barbarian sound;
    By love, his want of words and wit he found. Dryden.

    If open vice be what you drive at,
    A name so broad will ne’er connive at. John Dryden, Albion.

    The broadest mirth unfeeling folly wears,
    Less pleasing far than virtue’s very tears. Alexander Pope.

    Room for my lord! three jockeys in his train;
    Six huntsmen with a shout precede his chair;
    He grins, and looks broad nonsense with a stare. Alexander Pope.

    As chaste and modest as he is esteemed, it cannot be denied, but in some places he is broad and fulsome. John Dryden, Juv. Ded.

    Though, now arraign’d, he read with some delight;
    Because he seems to chew the cud again,
    When his broad comment makes the text too plain. Dryden.

    Who can speak broader than he that has no house to put his head in? Such may rail against great buildings. William Shakespeare.

    From broad words, and ’cause he fail’d
    His presence at the tyrant’s feast, I hear,
    Macduff lives in disgrace. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broad

    wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch broad

  2. Broad

    extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad expanse of ocean

  3. Broad

    extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full

  4. Broad

    fig.: Having a large measure of any thing or quality; not limited; not restrained; -- applied to any subject, and retaining the literal idea more or less clearly, the precise meaning depending largely on the substantive

  5. Broad

    comprehensive; liberal; enlarged

  6. Broad

    plain; evident; as, a broad hint

  7. Broad

    free; unrestrained; unconfined

  8. Broad

    characterized by breadth. See Breadth

  9. Broad

    cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humor

  10. Broad

    strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent

  11. Broadnoun

    the broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar

  12. Broadnoun

    the spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded fen

  13. Broadnoun

    a lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders


  1. Broad

    The Broad was a British coin worth 20 shillings issued by the Commonwealth of England in 1656. It was a milled gold coin weighing 9.0–9.1 grams, with a diameter of 29 or 30 millimetres, designed by Thomas Simon. The obverse of the coin depicts the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell as a laureated Roman emperor, with the inscription OLIVAR D G R P ANG SCO HIB &c PRO -- Oliver, by the Grace of God, Protector of the Republic of England, Scotland, Ireland, etc., -- while the reverse shows a crowned shield depicting the arms of the Commonwealth with the inscription PAX QVAERITVR BELLO 1656 -- Peace is sought through war. The current value of the coin in "very fine" to "extremely fine" condition is £3500 to £6000 as the pieces are very rare, but normally fairly unworn, although a Mr Pinkerton, writing at the time that the coins circulated, noted that many of the coins in circulation were so worn as to be almost flat. A piedfort version of the coin with an edge inscription is known as a Fifty shilling piece. This is extremely rare, and there are very few examples as it is probably a pattern.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Broad

    brawd, adj. wide: large, free or open: outspoken: coarse, indelicate: of pronunciation, e.g. a broad accent.—advs. Broad, Broad′ly.—ns. Broad′-ar′row, a mark, thus, stamped on materials belonging to Government; Broad′-brim, a hat with a broad brim, such as those worn by Quakers: (coll.) a Quaker.—adj. Broad′cast, scattered or sown abroad by the hand: dispersed widely.—adv. by throwing at large from the hand, only in phrases, as, 'to scatter broadcast,' &c.—v.t. to scatter freely.—n. Broad′cloth, a fine kind of woollen fulled cloth, used for men's garments.—v.t. Broad′en, to make broad or broader.—v.i. to grow broad or extend in breadth.—adj. Broad′-eyed (Shak.), having a wide or extended survey.—ns. Broad′-gauge (see Gauge); Broad′ness.—n.pl. Broads, lake-like expansions of rivers.—ns. Broad′side, the side of a ship: all the guns on one side of a ship of war, or their simultaneous discharge: a sheet of paper printed on one side, otherwise named Broad′sheet; Broad′sword, a cutting sword with a broad blade: a man armed with such a sword.—Broad Church, a party within the Church of England which advocates a broad and liberal interpretation of dogmatic definitions and creed subscription—the name was first used in 1833 by W. J. Conybeare. [A.S. brád, Goth. braids.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. broad

    If the tressing in or tuck of a ship's quarter under water hangs deep, or is overfull, they say she has a fat quarter.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'broad' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2113

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'broad' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3008

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'broad' in Adjectives Frequency: #197

Anagrams for broad »

  1. abord

  2. bardo

  3. dorab

  4. board

  5. dobra

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broad in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of broad in a Sentence

  1. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus:

    This is an important step in the transition project we launched in June 2013, to further reinforce our management structure and governance model, (Schmidt's) broad and global experience in the food industry, combined with his leadership skills, entrepreneurial attitude, strong business ethics and team-oriented mindset make him the best person for the job.

  2. Jeffrey McCall:

    CNN and Chris Cuomo should provide some response to a public accusation, even if it is only an acknowledgement that it has been heard and it is being managed internally, workplace sexual harassment is a topic of national importance and all news organizations should find ways to address the subject on a broad scale.

  3. Utibe Essien:

    It's not just the Black doctor, it's not just the barber, it's not just the pastor, kind of these traditional folks who have been the big messengers. We have to be broad, it's investing in folks who know the neighborhood, the small-store owner who gets to see all the 12 - to 15-year-old kids come through the store getting snacks before they head off to school.

  4. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi:

    This is a complicated matter and requires advanced technologies and broad investigations that could take months.

  5. Amir Blachman:

    Because it has a broad spectrum of proven expertise and knowledge, Israel is ripe to have a lot of start-ups and those start-ups will have a lot of amazing technologies for export.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. suffuse
    • B. lucubrate
    • C. aberrate
    • D. abet

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