Meaning of BROAD in English


— broadish , adj. — broadly , adv.

/brawd/ , adj., broader, broadest , adv. , n.


1. of great breadth: The river was too broad to swim across.

2. measured from side to side: The desk was three feet broad.

3. of great extent; large: the broad expanse of ocean.

4. widely diffused; open; full: We awoke to broad daylight.

5. not limited or narrow; of extensive range or scope: A modern doctor must have a broad knowledge of medicine.

6. liberal; tolerant: A broad interpretation of the law tempers justice with mercy.

7. main or general: the broad outlines of a subject.

8. plain or clear: Her remark was a broad hint of her feelings.

9. bold; plain-spoken.

10. indelicate; indecent: He smirked at the broad joke.

11. (of conversation) rough; countrified.

12. unconfined; free; unrestrained: It was a hilarious evening of broad mirth.

13. (of pronunciation) strongly dialectal: He wore kilts and had a broad Scots accent.

14. Phonet. (of a transcription) using one basic symbol to represent each phoneme.

15. broad a , the a- sound /ah/ when used in lieu of the more common a- sound /a/ in such words as half, can't, and laugh.

16. broad on the beam , Naut. bearing 90° to the heading of a vessel.

17. broad on the bow , Naut. bearing 45° to the heading of a vessel.

18. broad on the quarter , Naut. bearing 135° to the heading of a vessel.


19. fully: He was broad awake.


20. the broad part of anything.

21. Slang.

a. Usually Offensive. a woman.

b. a promiscuous woman.

22. Often, broads . Motion Pictures, Television. an incandescent or fluorescent lamp used as a general source of light in a studio.

23. a gold coin of England and Scotland, issued by James I and Charles I and equal to 20 shillings. Cf. carolus, jacobus .

[ bef. 1000; ME bro ( o ) d, OE brad; c. D breed, G breit, ON breithr, Goth braiths ]

Syn. 1. See wide. 3. extensive, ample, vast. 5. liberal, open. 10. gross.

Ant. 1. narrow.

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