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Definition of "broad" []

  • Wide in extent from side to side: a broad river; broad shoulders. (adjective)
  • Large in expanse; spacious: a broad lawn. (adjective)
  • Having a certain width from side to side: A sidewalk three feet broad. (adjective)
  • Full; open: broad daylight. (adjective)
  • Covering a wide scope; general: a broad rule. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "broad" in a sentence
  • "Accepting therefore the results of the two preceding chapters, that history (in the broad sense) is the study which best cultivates moral dispositions; secondly, that natural science furnishes the indispensable insight into the external world, man's physical environment; and, thirdly, that language, mathematics, and drawing are but the formal side and expression of the two realms of real knowledge, we have the _broad outlines_ of any true course of education."
  • ""Hims bin here all night," replied the girl, with a broad grin (and the breadth of Poopy's _broad_ grin was almost appalling)."
  • ""Hims bin here all night," replied the girl, with a broad grin -- (and the breadth of Poopy's _broad_ grin was almost appalling!) "What mean you? has he slept in this house all night?""