broad

broad1 [ brɔd ] adjective ***
1. ) wide:
He was of medium height, but had very broad shoulders.
a broad shady path
With a broad sweep of his arm, he indicated the town below us.
a broad expanse (=a wide area): The road passed through a broad expanse of flooded fields.
─ opposite NARROW
2. ) including many different things or people:
a broad range/spectrum: I meet a broad range of people in my daily life.
Our radio station plays a broad spectrum of popular music.
a broad base: The party is now struggling to maintain a broad political base.
broad appeal: The new TV show has broad appeal.
broad categories: Tropical diseases fall into two broad categories.
─ opposite NARROW
3. ) if there is broad agreement about something, most people agree about it in a general way, even if they do not agree on all its details:
There is now a broad consensus that the president was right about this.
a ) expressed in a general way, without many details:
We need to define a broad strategy for future development.
broad aims: We support the broad aims which underlie this Bill.
a broad outline: This chapter can only give a broad outline of the subject.
in the broadest sense: It's conservative, in the broadest sense of the word.
a broad generalization: You make too many broad generalizations about people.
4. ) a broad ACCENT (=way of speaking) is very noticeable and typical of the area you come from, and may be difficult to understand:
a broad southern accent
a ) a broad smile is clearly shown and obvious
b ) a broad HINT is an instance in which you let someone know something in an obvious way without telling them directly:
He was giving us a broad hint about what he'd bought her.
in broad daylight
used for saying that a shocking or criminal event happens during the day, when it can easily be seen:
They'd robbed the bank in broad daylight.
it's as broad as it is long BRITISH SPOKEN
used for saying that you cannot choose between two things or actions because they are equal
=> BROADLY
broad
broad 2 [ brɔd ] noun count AMERICAN OFFENSIVE
an insulting word for a woman

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  • Broad — (br[add]d), a. [Compar. {Broader} (br[add]d [ e]r); superl. {Broadest}.] [OE. brod, brad, AS. br[=a]d; akin to OS. br[=e]d, D. breed, G. breit, Icel. brei[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. bred, Goth. braids. Cf. {Breadth}.] 1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Broad — may refer to:* Broad (British coin), English gold coin minted under the commonwealth with a bust of Oliver Cromwell on the obverse * Broad church, Latitudinarian churchmanship in the Church of England * Broad Front Progressive Encounter New… …   Wikipedia

  • broad´ly — broad «brd», adjective, adverb, noun. –adj. 1. large across; wide: »Many cars can go on that broad new highway. SYNONYM(S): See syn. under wide. (Cf. ↑wide) 2. having wide range; …   Useful english dictionary

  • broad — [brôd] adj. [ME brod < OE brad; akin to Ger breit] 1. of large extent from side to side; wide 2. having great extent or expanse; spacious [broad prairies] 3. extending all about; clear; open; full [broad daylight] 4. easy to understand; not… …   English World dictionary

  • broad — adj Broad, wide, deep are comparable chiefly when they refer to horizontal extent. Broad and wide apply to surfaces or areas as measured from side to side {a picture two feet wide} and deep (see also DEEP) to those as measured from front to back… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Broad — ist der Nachname von mehreren Personen: C. D. Broad (1887–1971), englischer Philosoph Chris Broad (* 1957), englischer Cricketspieler Eli Broad, Kunstmäzen Neil Broad (* 1966), britischer Tennisspieler Pery Broad (1921–1994), SS Unterscharführer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • broad — broad; broad·cast·er; broad·en; broad·ish; broad·ly; broad·moor; broad·ness; broad·way·ite; broad·band; broad·scale; …   English syllables

  • broad — I adjective ample, amplitudinous, amplus, blanket, collective, comprehensive, covering all cases, deep, diffuse, encyclopedic, expansive, extended, extending, extensive, far flung, far reaching, far spread, full, general, generalized, generic,… …   Law dictionary

  • broad — [adj1] wide physically ample, capacious, deep, expansive, extended, extensive, full, generous, immense, large, latitudinous, outspread, outstretched, roomy, spacious, splay, squat, thick, vast, voluminous, widespread; concepts 773,796 Ant. narrow …   New thesaurus

  • Broad — Broad, n. 1. The broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar. [1913 Webster] 2. The spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded fen. [Local, Eng.] Southey. [1913 Webster] 3. A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • broad — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a distance larger than usual from side to side; wide. 2) of a specified distance wide. 3) large in area or scope. 4) without detail; general. 5) (of a hint) clear and unambiguous. 6) (of a regional accent) very noticeable… …   English terms dictionary

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