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breadth

[bredth, bretth, breth] /brɛdθ, brɛtθ, brɛθ/
noun
1.
the measure of the second largest dimension of a plane or solid figure; width.
2.
an extent or piece of something of definite or full width or as measured by its width:
a breadth of cloth.
3.
freedom from narrowness or restraint; liberality:
a person with great breadth of view.
4.
size in general; extent.
5.
Art. a broad or general effect due to subordination of details or nonessentials.
Origin
1515-1525
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
Related forms
breadthless, adjective
Can be confused
breadth, breath, breathe.
Synonyms
3. latitude, impartiality, open-mindedness. 4. scope, range, reach, compass, span.
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British Dictionary definitions for breadthless

breadth

/brɛdθ; brɛtθ/
noun
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
Word Origin
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 and History for breadthless

breadth

n.

1520s, alteration of brede "breadth," from Old English brædu "breadth, width, extent," from bræd; probably by analogy of long/length.

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