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.

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2) N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n The breadth of something is its quality of consisting of or involving many different things.

Older people have a tremendous breadth of experience...

His breadth of knowledge filled me with admiration.

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3) PHRASE: PHR n (emphasis) If you say that someone does something or something happens throughout or across the length and breadth of a place, you are emphasizing that it happens everywhere in that place.
See also hair's breadth

The group built their reputation by playing across the length and breadth of North America...

She has travelled the length and breadth of Britain.


English dictionary. 2008.

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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 — (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of 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

  • breadth — [n1] width broadness, diameter, distance across, latitude, span, spread, wideness; concept 760 breadth [n2] extent amplitude, area, compass, comprehensiveness, dimension, expanse, extensiveness, fullness, gamut, greatness, inclusiveness,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • breadth — index caliber (measurement), capacity (maximum), extent, gamut, purview, range Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • 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

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