Meaning of BREADTH in English


— breadthless , adj.

/bredth, bretth, breth/ , n.

1. the measure of the second largest dimension of a plane or solid figure; width.

2. an extent or piece of something of definite or full width or as measured by its width: a breadth of cloth.

3. freedom from narrowness or restraint; liberality: a person with great breadth of view.

4. size in general; extent.

5. Art. a broad or general effect due to subordination of details or nonessentials.

[ 1515-25; earlier bredeth, equiv. to brede breadth (ME; OE braedu, equiv. to braed-, mutated var. of brad BROAD + -u n. suffix) + -TH 1; akin to G Breite, Goth braidei ]

Syn. 3. latitude, impartiality, open-mindedness. 4. scope, range, reach, compass, span.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .