Meaning of “breadth” in the English Dictionary

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"breadth" in British English

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breadthnoun

uk /bredθ/ /bretθ/ us /bredθ/ /bretθ/

[ C or U ] the distance from one side to another:

The length of this box is twice its breadth.

C2 [ S ] the fact of including many different things, features, subjects, or qualities:

The breadth of her knowledge is amazing.
He showed an astonishing breadth of learning for one so young.

More examples

  • A huge two-storey room ran the entire breadth and height of the building.
  • a swimming pool with a breadth of 10 metres and a length of 50 metres
  • Breadth of education is as important as exam success.
  • Where will we find someone with her breadth of experience?
  • The novel accurately reflects the breadth of his interests.

(Definition of “breadth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"breadth" in American English

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breadthnoun [ U ]

us /bretθ, bredθ/

the distance from one side of an object to the opposite side, esp. when it is shorter than the distance between the object’s other two sides:

The length of this box is twice its breadth.

Breadth is also the range or areas of knowledge or ability that someone has:

The breadth of his knowledge of history was impressive.

(Definition of “breadth” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)