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Meaning of 'Broad' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Broad [ n.]
- The broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar.
- The spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded fen.
- A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders.
2 . Broad [ superl.]
- Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch broad.
- Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad expanse of ocean.
- Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
- Fig.: Having a large measure of any thing or quality; not limited; not restrained; -- applied to any subject, and retaining the literal idea more or less clearly, the precise meaning depending largely on the substantive.
- Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
- Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.
- Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
- Characterized by breadth. See Breadth.
- Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humor.
- Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent.

Meaning of 'Broad' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . broad [ n]
Meaning (1):
- slang term for a woman
Example in sentence:
  • a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch
2 . broad [ a]
Meaning (2):
- having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
Example in sentence:
  • a broad river;
  • a river two miles broad;
  • a wide necktie;
  • broad shoulders;
  • three feet wide;
  • wide margins;
  • wide roads
3 . broad [ s]
Meaning (3):
- very large in expanse or scope
Example in sentence:
  • a broad lawn;
  • a spacious view;
  • spacious skies;
  • the wide plains
Meaning (4):
- showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
Example in sentence:
  • a broad political stance;
  • a liberal newspaper;
  • generous and broad sympathies;
  • tolerant of his opponent's opinions
Meaning (5):
- not detailed or specific
Example in sentence:
  • a broad rule;
  • felt an unspecific dread;
  • the broad outlines of the plan
Meaning (6):
- (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional
Example in sentence:
  • a broad southern accent
Meaning (7):
- broad in scope or content
Example in sentence:
  • a panoptic study of Soviet nationality;
  • across-the-board pay increases;
  • an all-embracing definition;
  • an invention with broad applications;
  • blanket sanctions against human-rights violators;
  • granted him wide powers
Meaning (8):
- being at a peak or culminating point
Example in sentence:
  • broad daylight;
  • full summer
Meaning (9):
- lacking subtlety; obvious
Example in sentence:
  • gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave