Definition of breadth in US English:



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

    ‘the boat measured 27 feet in breadth’
    ‘a black sweater outlined the breadth of his shoulders’
    ‘we traveled the length and breadth of India’
    • ‘Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.’
    • ‘The rock itself is about 300 ft in breadth and the highest point is about 30 ft above the water.’
    • ‘A very small place, not more than 1 foot in breadth, separates you from the valley.’
    • ‘Essentially, this process results in a ‘one dimensional’ molecule having length but little breadth or width.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is about 5 inches in length and three and a half inches in breadth at the broadest part.’
    • ‘Moreover, it should be expanded in breadth and depth.’
    • ‘Obviously the rest of the car's dimensions will be taxed as well - its length, breadth and height.’
    • ‘His shirtfront boasted a large ruffed collar that measured at least twelve inches in breadth.’
    • ‘Yet what these smaller blooms lack in breadth they make up for in volume.’
    • ‘We measured length and maximum breadth of eggs laid by all study pairs using vernier calipers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It needs real grit and guts to traverse the entire length and breadth of the country on a bicycle and that too all alone.’
    • ‘To the left of the compartment was a gap of about eight inches in breadth and fourteen in length.’
    • ‘Let us imagine a land of two dimensions, having length and breadth but not height, called Flatland, represented by ABCD in Fig.1.’
    • ‘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 stone is about twelve feet in height and four in breadth with the hole near the top.’
    • ‘The temple had been built of beautifully carved flat stones, that were 9 feet in length and 3 feet in breadth.’
    • ‘Daytona is mammoth, in breadth and length and height.’
    width, broadness, wideness, thickness
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    1. 1.1 Wide range or extent.
      ‘she has the advantage of breadth of experience’
      ‘there is a greater breadth of sound in the later recordings’
      • ‘To take advantage of all this breadth and depth, though, students need room to maneuver.’
      • ‘The virtually inevitable downside of such a long-term focus is that it requires, to some extent, that we sacrifice depth for breadth.’
      • ‘Equality, breadth and extent of work done by individuals within their grade in respective fields varies enormously.’
      • ‘The breadth of readers' experience has always been spectacular.’
      • ‘But what I may lose lose in depth, I think I've made up for in breadth.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘His depth of technique and breadth of experience make for an authoritative debut.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They report greater breadth of experience through seeing a wider range of patients and the opportunity to learn from each other's specialist knowledge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘For a man of 50, his breadth of experience at the very top of his profession is almost unbelievable.’
      • ‘Simply by traveling, as pope, he reinforced the concept that Catholicism is a church of the world, both in breadth and, increasingly, in orientation.’
      • ‘This is because companies can choose hires depending on the depth and breadth of their skill sets and experience.’
      • ‘In terms of its breadth and diversity of experience, it is impressive.’
      • ‘However, it is likely that this source will grow in breadth and depth over the coming years.’
      • ‘The book reflects, in fact, Murray's own breadth of experience and the range of her social and spiritual vision.’
      • ‘The curriculum has very good breadth and balance and there are very good opportunities for enrichment through extra-curricular activities.’
      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. 1.3 Overall unity of artistic effect.
      ‘these masterpieces showed a new breadth of handling’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This collection of photos offers a hint of her artistry and breadth.’
      • ‘Akan art includes a greater breadth of imagery than any other African sculptural form.’
      • ‘The daunting breadth of Smith's endeavors stymies any simple attempt at synthesis.’
      • ‘Only occasionally does the breadth of his work betray him.’
      • ‘His later paintings do not match the breadth and subtlety developed subsequently by van Goyen and Ruysdael.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Beacon is undeniably dedicated to demonstrating the gravity, breadth and sheer staying power of what these artists have done.’
      • ‘These reveal the breadth of Woollaston's painterly qualities on a scale that does them justice.’
      • ‘The 250 objects on view play out the breadth of this coverage.’
      • ‘This includes art jewelry of unprecedented conceptual breadth and innovation.’
      • ‘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.’


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