Definitions of broad

  1. having great ( or a certain) extent from one side to the other; " wide roads"; " a wide necktie"; " wide margins"; " three feet wide"; " a river two miles broad"; " broad shoulders"; " a broad river"
  2. slang term for a woman; " a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch"
  3. showing or characterized by broad- mindedness; " a broad political stance"; " generous and broad sympathies"; " a liberal newspaper"; " tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
  4. lacking subtlety; obvious; " gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave"
  5. not detailed or specific; " a broad rule"; " the broad outlines of the plan"; " felt an unspecific dread"
  6. very large in expanse or scope; " a broad lawn"; " the wide plains"; " a spacious view"; " spacious skies"
  7. being at a peak or culminating point; " broad day"; " full summer"; " high noon"
  8. Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad expanse of ocean.
  9. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
  10. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
  11. Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.
  12. Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
  13. Characterized by breadth. See Breadth.
  14. Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humor.
  15. Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent.
  16. The broad part of anything; as, the broad of an oar.
  17. The spread of a river into a sheet of water; a flooded fen.
  18. A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders.
  19. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; - opposed to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch broad.
  20. 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.
  21. Wide; ample; vast; liberal; as, broad opinions; widely distributed; open; clear; unrestrained; evident; bold; as, a broad hint; indelicate.
  22. Broadly.
  23. Broadness.
  24. Broadest.
  25. Wide: large, free or open: coarse, indelicate.
  26. Extended in width; wide; vast.
  27. Comprehensive; catholic; liberal; tolerant.
  28. Strong, rude, or coarse, as speech.
  29. Wide; large; extensive; vast; not narrow; liberal; full; open; unconfined; bold; gross; indelicate. It is as broad as it is long, the same, whichever way. Broad church, that section of the Protestant Church which inclines to liberal opinions, and is opposed to those who would narrow either spirit or form. Broad- gauge, distance more than 4 ft. 8 1/ 2 in. between the rails of a railway.
  30. Wide; not narrow; extensive; open; coarse; not delicate; bold.

Usage examples for broad

  1. I am nervous up on your back, broad and big as it is." – The Story of a Stuffed Elephant by Laura Lee Hope
  2. Another man killed in broad daylight and no one to answer for it! – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory
  3. But he was so large and broad that he could not even see Sun Wu Kung. – The Chinese Fairy Book by Various
  4. The room itself is cool, of a gray tone, with a broad fireplace, a heavy table, and many books. – The Master of the Inn by Robert Herrick
  5. However, let it fall on me; my shoulders are broad. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. Then the Broad Church movement was at an end. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  7. Notice that it is low and broad, with a wide mouth or top. – Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7) by Hugo B. Froehlich Bonnie E. Snow
  8. Go to sleep; it's broad daylight yet. – The Counterpane Fairy by Katharine Pyle
  9. " Yes, you would, Hazelton," he said, a broad smile on his face. – The Coming of the Law by Charles Alden Seltzer
  10. The pipe had been filled by Matogee and passed to Tamedokah good- naturedly, still with a broad smile on his face. – Indian Boyhood by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  11. " Oh, I don't want a chair," said Annie, taking her seat on the broad door- step. – The Late Mrs. Null by Frank Richard Stockton
  12. He was certainly broad enough, Brownie thought. – The Tale of Brownie Beaver by Arthur Scott Bailey
  13. Especially in broad daylight. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
  14. A northen man may speake broad. – Bacon is Shake-Speare by Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence
  15. Once on the broad platform, the others started off briskly; they all seemed to know just where they wanted to go, and to feel that no instant of time was to be lost in getting there. – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  16. Out of a system thus broad, popular, and strong, an agricultural college will certainly spring, if such an institution shall be needed. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  17. He beckoned us, with a broad smile, to follow him. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  18. He's wearin' a broad grin, too. – Torchy and Vee by Sewell Ford
  19. The broad smile on his lips could not hide the grief in his eyes. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable