Webster 1913 Edition
brād; akin to OS.
breiðr, Sw. & Dan.
Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; – opposed to
broadtable; an inch
Extending far and wide; extensive; vast;
broadexpanse of ocean
Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.“Broad and open day.”
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.
broadmixture of falsehood.
Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
The words in the Constitution are
broadenough to include the case.
broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way.
Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
broadand general as the casing air.
Characterized by breadth. See
Cross; coarse; indelicate;
☞ Broad is often used in compounds to signify wide, large, etc.;
As broad as long,
having the length equal to the breadth; hence, the same one way as another; coming to the same result by different ways or processes.
It is as
broad as long, whether they rise to others, or bring others down to them.
Syn. – Wide; large; ample; expanded; spacious; roomy; extensive; vast; comprehensive; liberal.
The broad part of anything;
broadof 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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Wide; extended in breadth, or from side to side, as distinguished from long, or extended from end to end. It is opposed to narrow; as a broad street; a broad table.
2.Wide; extensive; vast; as the broad expanse of ocean.
3.Large; as a broad mixture of falsehood.
4.Open; clear; not covered,confined or concealed; as in broad sunshine.
5.Gross; coarse; as broad mirth; broad nonsense.
6.Plain; tending to obscenity; as a broad comment.
7.Bold; not delicate; not reserved; as broad words.
It may be urged that the words in the constitution are broad enough to include the case.
Broad as long, equal upon the whole.