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Broad \Broad\ (br[add]d), a. [Compar. Broader (br[add]d"[~e]r); superl. Broadest.] [OE. brod, brad, AS. br[=a]d; akin to OS. br[=e]d, D. breed, G. breit, Icel. brei[eth]r, Sw. & Dan. bred, Goth. braids. Cf. Breadth.]

  1. Wide; extend in breadth, or from side to side; -- opposed to narrow; as, a broad street, a broad table; an inch broad.

  2. Extending far and wide; extensive; vast; as, the broad expanse of ocean.

  3. Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full. ``Broad and open day.''
    --Bp. Porteus.

  4. 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.

    A broad mixture of falsehood.

    Note: Hence:

  5. Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.

    The words in the Constitution are broad enough to include the case.
    --D. Daggett.

    In a broad, statesmanlike, and masterly way.
    --E. Everett.

  6. Plain; evident; as, a broad hint.

  7. Free; unrestrained; unconfined.

    As broad and general as the casing air.

  8. (Fine Arts) Characterized by breadth. See Breadth.

  9. Cross; coarse; indelicate; as, a broad compliment; a broad joke; broad humor.

  10. Strongly marked; as, a broad Scotch accent.

    Note: Broad is often used in compounds to signify wide, large, etc.; as, broad-chested, broad-shouldered, broad-spreading, broad-winged.

    Broad acres. See under Acre.

    Broad arrow, originally a pheon. See Pheon, and Broad arrow under Arrow.

    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.

    Broad pennant. See under Pennant.

    Syn: Wide; large; ample; expanded; spacious; roomy; extensive; vast; comprehensive; liberal.


a. (en-comparative of: broad)

Usage examples of "broader".

Russia something still more thorough and broader came into operation after 1917.

All that is needed for our present purpose is some understanding of the broader forces that were operating through this lush jungle of human reactions.

The older men suspected younger men with broader ideas and hindered their advancement.

William James placed the issue of sustained, voluntary attention in the broader context of education and human life as a whole.

The broader, ubiquitous problem is one of confusing the metaphysical assumptions of scientific materialism with the empirical knowledge of science.

No adequate study of contemplation can be conducted without a thorough investigation of its broader context of contemplative training as a whole.

The wall had a slight inward incline, being broader at the base than at its top.

The broader path, most traveled, struck southeast along the route made by the stream, while a grassier way pushed straight east into the trees.

The Quman was half a head shorter than his companions, and he was broader across the shoulders and chest without being stout.

He had grown taller, his shoulders had gotten broader, and altogether he was a different person in stature and expression, but he was still the same rash, stupid boy she had grown up with.

If the margin had been broader and the two-thirds vote assured past all reasonable danger, it was asserted, and no doubt believed, that the Constitution would not have been strained to exchange Mr.

If we were now to have a broader nationality as the result of our civil struggle, it was apparent to the mass of men, as well as to the publicist and statesman, that citizenship should be placed on unquestionable ground--on ground so plain that the humblest man who should inherit its protections would comprehend the extent and significance of his title.

It rested upon broader ground than popular gratitude for his military services--great as that sentiment was.

The greater positiveness of General Blair, the keener popular interest in the Southern question and the broader realization of its possible dangers, made the issue on Reconstruction overshadow the other.

If however, by reason of infidelity to the Constitutional provisions in some sections, if by violence in resisting them in others, it be suggested that they should have been drawn with greater circumspection, with a broader comprehension of all the contingencies of the future, the fact yet remains that they are of priceless value to the Government and the people.