Definitions for: Broad


[n] slang term for a woman; "a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"
[adj] showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
[adj] lacking subtlety; obvious; "gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave"
[adj] 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] not detailed or specific; "a broad rule"; "the broad outlines of the plan"; "felt an unspecific dread"
[adj] (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; "a broad southern accent"
[adj] very large in expanse or scope; "a broad lawn"; "the wide plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies"
[adj] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
Breadth.]
1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed
to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch
broad.

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.
Everett.

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.


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.

Synonyms: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, beamy, big, bird's-eye, blanket(a), broad-brimmed, broad-minded, citywide, clear, comprehensive, countrywide, countywide, covering, deep, encompassing, fanlike, general, heavy, in breadth(p), in width(p), large, liberal, nationwide, noticeable, overhanging, overspreading, panoptic, panoramic, schoolwide, spacious, spreading, statewide, stretching(a), sweeping, thick, tolerant, unspecific, unsubtle, wide, wide-screen(a), wide-spreading

Antonyms: narrow

See Also: adult female, woman

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