broad
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English brood, from Old English brād; akin to Old High German breit broad Date: before 12th century 1. a. having ample extent from side to side or between limits <
broad shoulders
>
b. having a specified extension from side to side <
made the path 10 feet broad
>
2. extending far and wide ; spacious <
the broad plains
>
3. a. open, full <
broad daylight
>
b. plain, obvious <
a broad hint
>
4. dialectal especially in pronunciation 5. marked by lack of restraint, delicacy, or subtlety: a. obsolete outspoken b. coarse, risque <
broad humor
>
6. of a vowel open — used specifically of a pronounced as in father 7. a. liberal, tolerant <
broad views
>
b. widely applicable or applied ; general <
a broad rule
>
8. relating to the main or essential points <
broad outlines
>
broadly adverbbroadness noun Synonyms: broad, wide, deep mean having horizontal extent. broad and wide apply to a surface measured or viewed from side to side <
a broad avenue
>
. wide is more common when units of measurement are mentioned <
rugs eight feet wide
>
or applied to unfilled space between limits <
a wide doorway
>
. broad is preferred when full horizontal extent is considered <
broad shoulders
>
. deep may indicate horizontal extent away from the observer or from a front or peripheral point <
a deep cupboard
>
<
deep woods
>
. II. adverb Date: before 12th century in a broad manner ; fully <
broad awake
>
III. noun Date: 1659 1. British an expansion of a river — often used in plural 2. often offensive woman

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