[bredth, bretth, breth]
the measure of the second largest dimension of a plane or solid figure; width.
an extent or piece of something of definite or full width or as measured by its width: a breadth of cloth.
freedom from narrowness or restraint; liberality: a person with great breadth of view.
size in general; extent.
Art. a broad or general effect due to subordination of details or nonessentials.

1515–25; earlier bredeth, equivalent to brede breadth (Middle English; Old English brǣdu, equivalent to brǣd-, mutated variant of brād broad + -u noun suffix) + -th1; akin to German Breite, Gothic braidei

breadthless, adjective

breadth, breath, breathe.

3. latitude, impartiality, open-mindedness. 4. scope, range, reach, compass, span. Unabridged
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breadth (brɛdθ, brɛtθ)
1.  the linear extent or measurement of something from side to side; width
2.  a piece of fabric having a standard or definite width
3.  distance, extent, size, or dimension
4.  openness and lack of restriction, esp of viewpoint or interest; liberality
[C16: from obsolete brēde (from Old English brǣdu, from brādbroad) + -th1; related to Gothic braidei, Old High German breitī]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, alteration of brede "breadth," from O.E. brædu "breadth, width, extent," from bræd; probably by analogy with long/length.
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Example sentences
Next week, we'll introduce our new video player, which is designed to better
  surface the full breadth .
He pointed to ad companies' own marketing materials as evidence of the depth
  and breadth of the information collected.
You've got the breadth of the stage before you and you're looking down and
  across at everything and everyone all at once.
Scholars will marvel at the breadth of the sources that have fattened this work.
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