• WordNet 3.6
    • adj broad showing or characterized by broad-mindedness "a broad political stance","generous and broad sympathies","a liberal newspaper","tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
    • adj broad lacking subtlety; obvious "gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave"
    • adj broad 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"
    • adj broad not detailed or specific "a broad rule","the broad outlines of the plan","felt an unspecific dread"
    • adj broad being at a peak or culminating point "broad daylight","full summer"
    • adj broad (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional "a broad southern accent"
    • adj broad very large in expanse or scope "a broad lawn","the wide plains","a spacious view","spacious skies"
    • adj broad 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"
    • n broad slang term for a woman "a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The blue whale has a heart the size of a small car and its blood vessal is so broad, that a person could swim through it.
    • Broad A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders.
    • Broad A woman, especially one who is sexually promiscuous; -- usually considered offensive.
    • Broad (Fine Arts) Characterized by breadth. See Breadth.
    • Broad Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged. "The words in the Constitution are broad enough to include the case.""In a broad , statesmanlike, and masterly way."
    • Broad Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humor.
    • Broad Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full. "Broad and open day."
    • Broad Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad expanse of ocean.
    • Broad 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."
    • Broad Free; unrestrained; unconfined. "As broad and general as the casing air."
    • Broad Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.
    • Broad Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent. "It is as broad as long , whether they rise to others, or bring others down to them."
    • Broad The broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar.
    • Broad The spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded fen.
    • Broad Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch broad .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • broad Wide; having great breadth, as distinguished from length and thickness; used absolutely, having much width or breadth; not narrow: as, a strip no broader than one's hand; a broad river or street.
    • broad Large superficially; extensive; vast: as, the broad expanse of ocean.
    • broad Figuratively, not limited or narrow; liberal; comprehensive; enlarged: as, a man of broad views.
    • broad Specifically Inclined to the Broad Church, or to the views held by the Broad-Church party of the Church of England. See Episcopal.
    • broad Large in measure or degree; not small or slight; ample; consummate.
    • broad Widely diffused; open; full: as, in broad sunshine; broad daylight.
    • broad Unconfined; free; unrestrained. Used absolutely.
    • broad Unrestrained by a sense of propriety or fitness; unpolished; loutish.
    • broad Unrestrained by considerations of decency; indelicate; indecent.
    • broad Unrestrained by fear or caution; bold; unreserved.
    • broad Characterized by a full, strong utterance; coarsely vigorous; not weak or slender in sound: as, broad Scotch; broad Doric; a broad vowel, such as ä or â or ō.
    • broad Plain; evident.
    • broad In the fine arts, characterized by breadth: as, a picture remarkable for the broad treatment of its subject. See breadth, 3.
    • n broad A shallow, fenny lake formed by the expansion of a river over adjacent flat land covered more or less with a reedy growth; a flooded fen, or lake in a fen: as, the Norfolk broads.
    • n broad In mech., a tool used for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders in the lathe.
    • n broad An English coin first issued in 1619 by James I., and worth at the time 20s. The coin was also issued subsequently. Also called laurel and broad-piece.
    • broad Broadly; openly; plainly.
    • broad Widely; copiously; abundantly.
    • broad Broadly; fully.
    • broad To make broad; spread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Broad brawd wide: large, free or open: outspoken: coarse, indelicate: of pronunciation, e.g. a broad accent
    • adv Broad by throwing at large from the hand, only in phrases, as, 'to scatter broadcast,' &c
    • v.t Broad to scatter freely
    • v.i Broad to grow broad or extend in breadth
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Glory is like a circle in the water, which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, till, by broad spreading, it disperse to naught.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Historian. A broad -- gauge gossip.”
  • Robert Frost
    “A liberal man is too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.”
  • Professor Blackie
    Professor Blackie
    “Life is an earnest business, and no one every became good or great on a diet of broad grins.”
  • Phillips Brooks
    “Call your opinions your creed, and you will change them every week. Make your creed simply and broadly out of the revelation of God, and you will keep it to the end.”
  • John Morley
    John Morley
    “Even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in the broad, intelligent, and spacious way.”


Broad church - If an organisation is described as broad church, it is tolerant and accepting of different opinions and ideas.
Broad strokes - If something is described or defined with broad stokes, then only an outline is given, without fine details.
In broad daylight - If a crime or problem happens in broad daylight, it happens during the day and should have been seen and stopped.
It's as broad as it is long - (UK) Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brod, brad, AS. brād,; akin to OS. brēd, D. breed, G. breit, Icel. breiðr, Sw. & Dan. bred, Goth. braids,. Cf. Breadth


In literature:

Both are broad, flowered and forested levels between lofty granite walls.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Considered broadly, there is no phase of science which is not involved in economic geology.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
All the streets are broad and regular, running north and south, east and west.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
At broad high noon he came upon her, in a bare, stony place tufted with milk-bush.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Broad foot pavement raised nine inches or a foot above the carriage way, running along the whole length of the Street of Tombs.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Military doctrine, in its broad sense, is a digest of the accepted beliefs of the military profession.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
He would persist in riding in his best London clothes, spotless broad white collar, shining silk hat, gloves, and all.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
As she stole out to sea again, the men, one by one, went aft and leaned outboard, peering down at the broad, squat stern.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
On one side a broad-shouldered official sat at a table.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He was half Simon's height, twice as broad, and all muscle.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Broad, iron shovels,
Scooping out oblong vaults,
Loosening turf and leveling sod.
"Iron" by Carl Sandburg
I sat on a broad stone
And sang to the birds.
The tune was God's making
But I made the words.
"The Day Before April" by Mary Carolyn Davies
Let broad leagues dissever
Him from yonder foam; --
O, God! to think man ever
Comes too near his home!
"The Lee Shore" by Thomas Hood
One broad, perpetual riot
Enfolds me night and day.
You think my life is quiet?
You don't know what you say.
"The Riot" by Gamaliel Bradford
To the distance! Ah, the distance!
Blue and broad and dim!
Peace is not in burgh or meadow,
But beyond the rim.
"Distance" by Archibald Lampman
Sent to souls without measure
The flame of love's message broad,
Gathering in one treasure
Fatherland, home, and God.
"Hamar-Made Matches" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Police said that two men pulled a gun on the clerk inside the store, located along West Broad Street, around 2:24 a.m.
View full size Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Pedestrians cross Broad Street on a rainy day in Newark in July.
But until now, the Utica and Marcellus formations were largely untapped in the uppermost corner of northwestern Pennsylvania and a broad swath that included more than 20 counties in the southeastern part of the state.
At the 17th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in South Africa, leaders from around the world came to a broad last-minute compromise, but details were scarce.
Epstein-Barr virus ( EBV )-associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) encompasses a histologically broad range of lesions, arising from the expanded pool of EBV -infected B cells in the immunocompromised host.
The government's assault on religious faith and practice is broad and deep.
Frank Furness designed PAFA's Historic Landmark Building on North Broad in 1876.
Author Jason Womack's broad grin and twinkling eyes aren't an act--he has been happy every single time I've met him.
Despite a heavy storm that brought broad sections of the Northeast to a standstill, The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index was up 5.2% in the fourth and final week of October following a 4.1% gain the prior week.
Holistic dentists take a broad view.
Someone got quite a scare this morning at the Convention Center Parking garage on North Broad Street, between Race and Cherry Streets, in Center City.
This workshop introduces the wonder of crafting with wool, an exceptionally versatile, organic material that allows for a broad range of c.
We tend to place illnesses into two broad categories, acute and chronic.
This was a broad coalition of various groups throughout the industry, including.
The US House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would block a number of broad regulations to reduce unhealthy air emissions.

In science:

This (or equivalent) problem is of interest in a broad variety of contexts extending from the cosmic string theory to superfluids [29–31] (the Iordanskii force) and superconductors where the scattering of excitations by quantized vortex lines controls the vortex dynamics.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Even if the Hall angle is large and the Larmor circling is well pronounced, the Landau levels are very broad.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
But mostly these systems aren’t able to deal with a broad class of problems or give the same flexibility, maintainability and expressivity.
We show for two-dimensional percolation clusters at criticality (and conjecture for other stochastic fractals) that the distribution of the survival probability over these realizations is very broad in Euclidean space but very narrow in the chemical or topological space.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
We find that the distribution is narrow [broad] if the traps are located at a fixed chemical [Euclidean] distance.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate