broad


broad
broad adj Broad, wide, deep are comparable chiefly when they refer to horizontal extent.
Broad and wide apply to surfaces or areas as measured from side to side
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a picture two feet wide

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and deep (see also DEEP) to those as measured from front to back
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a closet that was narrow but deep

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Broad and wide always and deep in some instances may be used of surfaces that spread away from one; thus, a river may be wide or broad (but not deep, which would here refer only to vertical distance) at a given point, but a flower border may be four feet wide, broad, or, if the far side is not ordinarily accessible, deep. When a plot of ground or similar area is measured, broad or, especially, wide is used of the distance from one side to the other and deep of that from front line to back line
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the lot is 70 feet wide and 100 feet deep

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Broad and wide are frequently interchangeable when used descriptively to mean having relatively great extent across or from side to side
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a broad or wide street, ribbon, margin

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But broad commonly applies only to surfaces or areas as such
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a broad leaf

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a broad- headed tack

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broad-shouldered

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Wide applies also to apertures or to something that opens or spreads. Wide, therefore, is the preferred term when the emphasis is upon the distance between limits rather than on the extent of the intervening surface
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a wide gash in his arm

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a wide opening

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a wide view

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the doorway is four feet wide

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Deep in similar descriptive use, when it carries an implication only of horizontal extent, is applicable only to something that has great extent backward (as from an opening or from the front)
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a deep forest

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a deep cavern

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a deep lot

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Analogous words: extended or extensive (see corresponding verb at EXTEND): *spacious, capacious, commodious, ample: vast, immense (see HUGE): expanded, dilated (see EXPAND)
Antonyms: narrow
Contrasted words: confined, circumscribed, limited, restricted (see LIMIT vb)

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