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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
broad /brɔd/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, n. 
adj. 
  1. wide;
    of great breadth:The Mississippi River is its broadest at this point.
  2. [after a noun of measurement] measured from side to side: three feet broad.
  3. open;
    full;
    clear:[before a noun]robbed in broad daylight.
  4. not limited or narrow;
    extensive:Our teacher has a broad range of interests.
  5. [before a noun] general: in the broad sense of the term.
  6. plain or clear;
    obvious: a broad hint about the job layoffs.

n. [countable]
  1. the broad part of anything:[usually singular]the broad of his back.
  2. Slang Termsa woman:Bring in the broads.
broad•ly, adv.: Broadly speaking, I think it's safe to say he's dangerous to society.
broad•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
broad  (brôd),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv., n. 
adj. 
  1. of great breadth:The river was too broad to swim across.
  2. measured from side to side:The desk was three feet broad.
  3. of great extent; large:the broad expanse of ocean.
  4. widely diffused;
    open;
    full:We awoke to broad daylight.
  5. not limited or narrow;
    of extensive range or scope:A modern doctor must have a broad knowledge of medicine.
  6. liberal;
    tolerant:A broad interpretation of the law tempers justice with mercy.
  7. main or general:the broad outlines of a subject.
  8. plain or clear:Her remark was a broad hint of her feelings.
  9. bold;
    plain-spoken.
  10. indelicate;
    indecent:He smirked at the broad joke.
  11. (of conversation) rough;
    countrified.
  12. unconfined;
    free;
    unrestrained:It was a hilarious evening of broad mirth.
  13. (of pronunciation) strongly dialectal:He wore kilts and had a broad Scots accent.
  14. Phonetics(of a transcription) using one basic symbol to represent each phoneme.
  15. broad a, the a- sound (brôd),USA pronunciation when used in lieu of the more common a- sound (brôd),USA pronunciation in such words as half, can't, and laugh.
  16. Nauticalbroad on the beam, bearing 90° to the heading of a vessel.
  17. Nautical, Naval Termsbroad on the bow, bearing 45° to the heading of a vessel.
  18. Nautical, Naval Termsbroad on the quarter, bearing 135° to the heading of a vessel.

adv. 
  1. fully:He was broad awake.

n. 
  1. the broad part of anything.
  2. Slang Terms
    • [Usually Offensive.]a woman.
    • a promiscuous woman.
  3. Cinema, Show BusinessOften,  broads. [Motion Pictures, Television.]an incandescent or fluorescent lamp used as a general source of light in a studio.
  4. Currencya gold coin of England and Scotland, issued by James I and Charles I and equal to 20 shillings. Cf. carolus, jacobus.
broadish, adj. 
broadly, adv. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English bro(o)d, Old English brād; cognate with Dutch breed, German breit, Old Norse breithr, Gothic braiths
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  wide. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged extensive, ample, vast.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged liberal, open.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gross.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged narrow.

Broad  (brôd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalC(harlie) D(unbar), 1887–1971, English philosopher.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

broad /brɔːd/ adj
  1. having relatively great breadth or width
  2. of vast extent; spacious: a broad plain
  3. (postpositive) from one side to the other: four miles broad
  4. of great scope or potential: that invention had broad applications
  5. not detailed; general: broad plans
  6. clear and open; full (esp in the phrase broad daylight)
  7. obvious or plain: broad hints
  8. liberal; tolerant: a broad political stance
  9. widely spread; extensive: broad support
  10. vulgar; coarse; indecent: a broad joke
  11. (of a dialect or pronunciation) consisting of a large number of speech sounds characteristic of a particular geographical area: a broad Yorkshire accent
  12. denoting an assessment of liquidity as including notes and coin in circulation with the public, banks' till money and balances, most private-sector bank deposits, and sterling bank-deposit certificates: broad money
    Compare narrow
  13. broad athe long vowel in English words such as father, half, as represented in the received pronunciation of Southern British English
n
  1. the broad part of something
  2. slang chiefly US Canadian a girl or woman
  3. a prostitute
  4. Brit dialect a river spreading over a lowland
    See also Broads
Etymology: Old English brād; related to Old Norse breithr, Old Frisian brēd, Old High German breit, Gothic braiths

ˈbroadly adv



B-road n
  1. (in Britain) a secondary road



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Collocations: slang: is a [beautiful, sexy] broad, a broad [range, spectrum, selection] (of), slang: she's [only, just] a broad!, more...

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