Breadth Breadth (br[e^]dth), n. [OE. brede, breede, whence later bredette, AS. br[=ae]du, fr. br[=a]d broad. See {Broad}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Distance from side to side of any surface or thing; measure across, or at right angles to the length; width. [1913 Webster]

2. (Fine Arts) The quality of having the colors and shadows broad and massive, and the arrangement of objects such as to avoid to great multiplicity of details, producing an impression of largeness and simple grandeur; -- called also {breadth of effect}.

Breadth of coloring is a prominent character in the painting of all great masters. --Weale. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • breadth — [bredθ, bretθ] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: brede breadth (11 19 centuries) (from Old English brAdu, from brad; BROAD1) + th (as in length)] 1.) [U and C] the distance from one side of something to the other = ↑width →↑broad, depth ↑depth, length… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • breadth — breadth; breadth·en; breadth·less; breadth·rid·er; breadth·ways; hand·breadth; breadth·wise; …   English syllables

  • breadth — [ bredθ ] noun 1. ) count or uncount the distance from one side of an object to the other: WIDTH: 5 feet in breadth 2. ) uncount the fact that something includes a wide range of different things or ideas: The aim of these changes is to give the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • breadth — 1520s, alteration of brede breadth, from O.E. brædu breadth, width, extent, from bræd; probably by analogy with long/length …   Etymology dictionary

  • breadth — [bredth] n. [ME bræde < OE brædu < brad,BROAD; th by analogy with LENGTH] 1. the distance from side to side of a thing; width 2. a piece of a given and regular width [a breadth of satin] 3. lack of narrowness or of restriction [true breadth …   English World dictionary

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  • breadth — ► NOUN 1) the distance or measurement from side to side of something. 2) wide range: breadth of experience. 3) dated a piece of cloth of standard or full width. ORIGIN obsolete brede, related to BROAD(Cf. ↑broadness) …   English terms dictionary

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  • breadth — noun 1 distance between two sides of sth PREPOSITION ▪ in breadth ▪ The pool is 15 feet in breadth. PHRASES ▪ the length and breadth of sth ▪ He …   Collocations dictionary

  • breadth — [[t]bre̱tθ, AM bre̱dθ[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: oft N of n The breadth of something is the distance between its two sides. The breadth of the whole camp was 400 paces. Syn: width 2) N UNCOUNT: oft N of n The breadth of something is its quality of… …   English dictionary

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