dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


2 definitions found
 for Broad
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Broad \Broad\ (br[add]d), a. [Compar. Broader
     (br[add]d"[~e]r); superl. Broadest.] [OE. brod, brad, AS.
     br[=a]d; akin to OS. br[=e]d, D. breed, G. breit, Icel.
     brei[eth]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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad
        expanse of ocean.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
        "Broad and open day." --Bp. Porteus.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A broad mixture of falsehood.         --Locke.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Hence: 
           [1913 Webster]
  
     5. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The words in the Constitution are broad enough to
              include the case.                     --D. Daggett.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              In a broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way. --E.
                                                    Everett.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     7. Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              As broad and general as the casing air. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     8. (Fine Arts) Characterized by breadth. See Breadth.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     9. Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad
        joke; broad humor.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     10. Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent.
         [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Broad is often used in compounds to signify wide,
           large, etc.; as, broad-chested, broad-shouldered,
           broad-spreading, broad-winged.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              It is as broad as long, whether they rise to others,
              or bring others down to them.         --L'Estrange.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Broad pennant. See under Pennant.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Wide; large; ample; expanded; spacious; roomy;
          extensive; vast; comprehensive; liberal.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Broad \Broad\, n.
     1. The broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded
        fen. [Local, Eng.] --Southey.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of
        cylinders. --Knight.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. A woman, especially one who is sexually promiscuous; --
        usually considered offensive. [slang]
        [PJC] broad-axe
        Broadaxe
        Broadax

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229