Definition of breadth in English:

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Pronunciation: /bredTH/


1The distance or measurement from side to side of something; width: a black sweater outlined the breadth of his shoulders the boat measured 27 feet in breadth we traveled the length and breadth of India
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  • Daytona is mammoth, in breadth and length and height.
  • We measured length and maximum breadth of eggs laid by all study pairs using vernier calipers.
  • To the left of the compartment was a gap of about eight inches in breadth and fourteen in length.
width, broadness, wideness, thickness;
1.1Wide range or extent: she has the advantage of breadth of experience there is a greater breadth of sound in the later recordings
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  • Only the love of life gives the artist his unreserved truthfulness towards everything that he perceives and reproduces, his breadth, scope and depth of vision.
  • His depth of technique and breadth of experience make for an authoritative debut.
  • They report greater breadth of experience through seeing a wider range of patients and the opportunity to learn from each other's specialist knowledge.
range, extent, scope, depth, reach, compass, scale, degree
1.2 dated A piece of cloth of standard or full width.
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  • The active cutter boy quickly steps to and fro, preparing another breadth of cloth for a similar operation.
  • The rest of the part of the sleeves freely hung down to the floor in a triangle breadth of cloth.
1.3Overall unity of artistic effect: these masterpieces showed a new breadth of handling
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  • These reveal the breadth of Woollaston's painterly qualities on a scale that does them justice.
  • They were also deeply impressed by the warmth and the hospitality of the Balinese, and the amazing breadth of artistic expression that pervaded daily life.
  • Beacon is undeniably dedicated to demonstrating the gravity, breadth and sheer staying power of what these artists have done.


Early 16th century: from obsolete brede in the same sense (related to broad) + -th2, on the pattern of length.

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Syllabification: breadth

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