Definition of breadth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bredθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bredθ//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1the distance or measurement from one side to the other; how broad or wide something is synonym width She estimated the breadth of the lake to be 500 metres. compare length
  2. 2a wide range (of knowledge, interests, etc.) He was surprised at her breadth of reading. The curriculum needs breadth and balance. a new political leader whose breadth of vision (= willingness to accept new ideas) can persuade others to change
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from obsolete brede in the same sense (related to broad) + -th, on the pattern of length.Word Familybroad adjectivebroadly adverbbroaden verbbreadth nounExtra examples I need a greater breadth of experience. The pool is 15 feet in breadth. The boat measures 100 feet in length and 27 in breadth. The party needs a new leader with a breadth of vision that can persuade others to change. They travelled the length and breadth of the land.Idioms
    the length and breadth of…
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    in or to all parts of a place They have travelled the length and breadth of Europe giving concerts.
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