Broad a. [Compar. Broader superl. Broadest.]
1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch broad.
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.”
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. Everett.
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.
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.]
3. A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders.
adj 1: 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" [syn: wide] [ant: narrow]
2: 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" [syn: across-the-board,
all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a),
encompassing, panoptic, wide]
3: not detailed or specific; "a broad rule"; "the broad
outlines of the plan"; "felt an unspecific dread" [syn: unspecific]
4: lacking subtlety; obvious; "gave us a broad hint that it was
time to leave" [syn: unsubtle]
5: being at a peak or culminating point; "broad day"; "full
summer"; "high noon" [syn: broad(a), full(a)]
6: very large in expanse or scope; "a broad lawn"; "the wide
plains"; "a spacious view"; "spacious skies" [syn: spacious,
7: (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; "a broad
8: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad
political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a
liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
[syn: large-minded, liberal, tolerant]
n : slang term for a woman; "a broad is a woman who can throw a