[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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