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Meaning of BROAD

Pronunciation:  brod

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  1. [n]  slang term for a woman; "a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"
  2. [adj]  showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
  3. [adj]  lacking subtlety; obvious; "gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave"
  4. [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"
  5. [adj]  not detailed or specific; "a broad rule"; "the broad outlines of the plan"; "felt an unspecific dread"
  6. [adj]  (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; "a broad southern accent"
  7. [adj]  very large in expanse or scope; "a broad lawn"; "the wide plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies"
  8. [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"

BROAD is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed
       to {narrow}; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch
    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.
    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.
  2. \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.
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