Through the archway connecting the office with the saloon came a broad beam of light from a number of kerosene lamps.
It was like the former canoe, a big birch-bark, with high-crested bows and stern and broad beam.
She tried a smile, and it seemed to pass muster with him, for he sent it back in a broad beam.
He generally put me into a broad beam that slanted from the top of the veiled window, and day after day he worked.
It was pocket-dark by the time the switch-stand at the basin siding swung into the broad beam of the electric headlight.
Their broad beam and shallow keel enabled these ships to lie more conveniently in the tidal inlets on either side of the Channel.
In my dream my eyes followed the direction of the broad beam, and lo!
When she reached the street on which he lived, she saw a broad beam of light struggling out through the closed shutters.
She was a fairly heavy craft, with her large cabin and broad beam.
Milly was one broad beam these days, and went happily to bed so tired that she was asleep before she touched her pillow.
Old English brad "broad, flat, open, extended," from Proto-Germanic *braithaz (cf. Old Frisian bred, Old Norse breiðr, Dutch breed, German breit, Gothic brouþs), of unknown origin. Not found outside Germanic languages. No clear distinction in sense from wide. Related: Broadly. Broad-brim as a style of hat (1680s, broad-brimmed) in 18c.-19c. suggested "Quaker male" from their characteristic attire.
"woman," slang, 1911, perhaps suggestive of broad (adj.) hips, but it also might trace to American English abroadwife, word for a woman (often a slave) away from her husband. Earliest use of the slang word suggests immorality or coarse, low-class women. Because of this negative association, and the rise of women's athletics, the track and field broad jump was changed to the long jump c.1967.
[1910+; probably from the notion ''broad in the beam'']