Definition of breadth in English:



  • 1The distance or measurement from side to side of something; width.

    ‘a black sweater outlined the breadth of his shoulders’
    ‘the boat measured 27 feet in breadth’
    ‘we traveled the length and breadth of India’
    • ‘The temple had been built of beautifully carved flat stones, that were 9 feet in length and 3 feet in breadth.’
    • ‘The three dimensions of space are even more obviously dimensions of variation in this generic sense: spatially extended things can vary in certain ways along their width, breadth, or height.’
    • ‘Although the stream that runs through the village's main lowland rarely exceeds two meters in breadth and a meter in depth, residents claim it always carries water.’
    • ‘The rock itself is about 300 ft in breadth and the highest point is about 30 ft above the water.’
    • ‘Let us imagine a land of two dimensions, having length and breadth but not height, called Flatland, represented by ABCD in Fig.1.’
    • ‘It needs real grit and guts to traverse the entire length and breadth of the country on a bicycle and that too all alone.’
    • ‘Moreover, it should be expanded in breadth and depth.’
    • ‘The length and breadth of the country benefits from the services of the home care nurses who work tirelessly, to bring solace to those caught up in the trauma.’
    • ‘Obviously the rest of the car's dimensions will be taxed as well - its length, breadth and height.’
    • ‘Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.’
    • ‘The stone is about twelve feet in height and four in breadth with the hole near the top.’
    • ‘The adjacent low-lying ground, for half a mile in breadth, is a stagnant river, with melancholy trees for islands in it, and a surface punctured all over, all day long, with falling rain.’
    • ‘To the left of the compartment was a gap of about eight inches in breadth and fourteen in length.’
    • ‘It is about 5 inches in length and three and a half inches in breadth at the broadest part.’
    • ‘His shirtfront boasted a large ruffed collar that measured at least twelve inches in breadth.’
    • ‘We measured length and maximum breadth of eggs laid by all study pairs using vernier calipers.’
    • ‘Daytona is mammoth, in breadth and length and height.’
    • ‘A very small place, not more than 1 foot in breadth, separates you from the valley.’
    • ‘Yet what these smaller blooms lack in breadth they make up for in volume.’
    • ‘Essentially, this process results in a ‘one dimensional’ molecule having length but little breadth or width.’
    width, broadness, wideness, thickness
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    1. 1.1Wide range or extent.
      ‘she has the advantage of breadth of experience’
      ‘there is a greater breadth of sound in the later recordings’
      • ‘Atypical of one with his breadth of banking experience at senior levels, it seems he never properly assessed the risk involved and blindly jumped into a game way beyond his comprehension.’
      • ‘The book reflects, in fact, Murray's own breadth of experience and the range of her social and spiritual vision.’
      • ‘Equality, breadth and extent of work done by individuals within their grade in respective fields varies enormously.’
      • ‘However, it is likely that this source will grow in breadth and depth over the coming years.’
      • ‘This is because companies can choose hires depending on the depth and breadth of their skill sets and experience.’
      • ‘But what I may lose lose in depth, I think I've made up for in breadth.’
      • ‘The trouble is that news agencies and many, if not most, of their operatives choose not to bring balance and breadth to their coverage of affairs.’
      • ‘The breadth and range of organisations and industries represented here this evening illustrate that these standards can be applied in any business and used to engage the consumer and drive profits.’
      • ‘To take advantage of all this breadth and depth, though, students need room to maneuver.’
      • ‘His depth of technique and breadth of experience make for an authoritative debut.’
      • ‘The virtually inevitable downside of such a long-term focus is that it requires, to some extent, that we sacrifice depth for breadth.’
      • ‘Simply by traveling, as pope, he reinforced the concept that Catholicism is a church of the world, both in breadth and, increasingly, in orientation.’
      • ‘Not just the sheer number of good women's roles, but their breadth and range in terms of age and ethnicity, made this a watershed year.’
      • ‘The curriculum has very good breadth and balance and there are very good opportunities for enrichment through extra-curricular activities.’
      • ‘How many individuals in this modern day have the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge that these ancient warriors acquired through long centuries of warfare?’
      • ‘In terms of its breadth and diversity of experience, it is impressive.’
      • ‘For a man of 50, his breadth of experience at the very top of his profession is almost unbelievable.’
      • ‘The breadth of readers' experience has always been spectacular.’
      • ‘They report greater breadth of experience through seeing a wider range of patients and the opportunity to learn from each other's specialist knowledge.’
      • ‘Only the love of life gives the artist his unreserved truthfulness towards everything that he perceives and reproduces, his breadth, scope and depth of vision.’
      range, extent, scope, width, depth, amplitude, extensiveness, comprehensiveness, all-inclusiveness
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    2. 1.2dated A piece of cloth of standard or full width.
      • ‘The active cutter boy quickly steps to and fro, preparing another breadth of cloth for a similar operation.’
      • ‘The rest of the part of the sleeves freely hung down to the floor in a triangle breadth of cloth.’
    3. 1.3Overall unity of artistic effect.
      ‘these masterpieces showed a new breadth of handling’
      • ‘Akan art includes a greater breadth of imagery than any other African sculptural form.’
      • ‘Only occasionally does the breadth of his work betray him.’
      • ‘This includes art jewelry of unprecedented conceptual breadth and innovation.’
      • ‘These reveal the breadth of Woollaston's painterly qualities on a scale that does them justice.’
      • ‘Not only did the 16 canvases vary greatly in size, but they also possessed a stylistic breadth that read like a concise history of the New York School.’
      • ‘His selections for the show, made over the course of five subsequent visits, reflect his excitement at the breadth of work being made in Cuba.’
      • ‘They were also deeply impressed by the warmth and the hospitality of the Balinese, and the amazing breadth of artistic expression that pervaded daily life.’
      • ‘His later paintings do not match the breadth and subtlety developed subsequently by van Goyen and Ruysdael.’
      • ‘The 250 objects on view play out the breadth of this coverage.’
      • ‘This collection of photos offers a hint of her artistry and breadth.’
      • ‘The daunting breadth of Smith's endeavors stymies any simple attempt at synthesis.’
      • ‘Beacon is undeniably dedicated to demonstrating the gravity, breadth and sheer staying power of what these artists have done.’


Early 16th century: from obsolete brede in the same sense (related to broad) + -th, on the pattern of length.