Hypertext Webster Gateway: "broad"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Broad \Broad\, a. [Compar. {Broader}; superl. {Broadest}.] [OE.
brod, brad, AS. br[=a]d; akin to OS. br[=e]d, D. breed, G.
breit, Icel. brei?r, Sw. & Dan. bred, Goth. braids. Cf.
1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed
to {narrow}; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch

2. Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad
expanse of ocean.

3. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
``Broad and open day.'' --Bp. Porteus.

4. Fig.: Having a large measure of any thing or quality; not
limited; not restrained; -- applied to any subject, and
retaining the literal idea more or less clearly, the
precise meaning depending largely on the substantive.

A broad mixture of falsehood. --Locke.

Note: Hence:

5. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.

The words in the Constitution are broad enough to
include the case. --D. Daggett.

In a broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way. --E.

6. Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.

7. Free; unrestrained; unconfined.

As broad and general as the casing air. --Shak.

8. (Fine Arts) Characterized by breadth. See {Breadth}.

9. Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad
joke; broad humor.

10. Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent.

Note: Broad is often used in compounds to signify wide,
large, etc.; as, broad-chested, broad-shouldered,
broad-spreading, broad-winged.

{Broad acres}. See under {Acre}.

{Broad arrow}, originally a pheon. See {Pheon}, and {Broad
arrow} under {Arrow}.

{As broad as long}, having the length equal to the breadth;
hence, the same one way as another; coming to the same
result by different ways or processes.

It is as broad as long, whether they rise to others,
or bring others down to them. --L'Estrange.

{Broad pennant}. See under {Pennant}.

Syn: Wide; large; ample; expanded; spacious; roomy;
extensive; vast; comprehensive; liberal.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Broad \Broad\, n.
1. The broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar.

2. The spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded
fen. [Local, Eng.] --Southey.

3. A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of
cylinders. --Knight.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the
other; "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins";
"three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad
shoulders"; "a broad river" [syn: {wide}] [ant: {narrow}]
2: broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases";
"an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against
human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad
applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"-
T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers" [syn: {across-the-board},
{all-embracing}, {all-encompassing}, {all-inclusive}, {blanket(a)},
{encompassing}, {panoptic}, {wide}]
3: not detailed or specific; "a broad rule"; "the broad
outlines of the plan"; "felt an unspecific dread" [syn: {unspecific}]
4: lacking subtlety; obvious; "gave us a broad hint that it was
time to leave" [syn: {unsubtle}]
5: being at a peak or culminating point; "broad day"; "full
summer"; "high noon" [syn: {broad(a)}, {full(a)}]
6: very large in expanse or scope; "a broad lawn"; "the wide
plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies" [syn: {spacious},
7: (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; "a broad
southern accent"
8: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad
political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a
liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
[syn: {liberal}, {tolerant}]
n : slang term for a woman; "a broad is a woman who can throw a
mean punch"

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