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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: brede 'breadth' (11-19 centuries) (from Old English brædu, from brad; BROAD1) + -th (as in length)


1 [uncountable and countable] the distance from one side of something to the other [= width; ↪ broad, depth, length]
breadth of
the breadth of the river
5 metres/3 feet etc in breadth
The boat measured fifteen feet in length and four feet in breadth.
2 [uncountable] the quality of including a lot of different people, things, or ideas [↪ broad, depth]
breadth of
The job wasn't giving him the breadth of experience he wanted.
His breadth of knowledge was amazing.
a politician known for his breadth of vision
We need to provide more breadth in the college curriculum.
hair's breadth

; ➔ the length and breadth of

at length (8)

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