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BROAD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does broad mean? 

BROAD (noun)
  The noun BROAD has 1 sense:

1. slang term for a woman

  Familiarity information: BROAD used as a noun is very rare.


BROAD (adjective)
  The adjective BROAD has 8 senses:

1. having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
2. broad in scope or content
3. not detailed or specific
4. lacking subtlety; obvious
5. being at a peak or culminating point
6. very large in expanse or scope
7. (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional
8. showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

  Familiarity information: BROAD used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BROAD (noun)


Sense 1broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slang term for a woman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch

Hypernyms ("broad" is a kind of...):

adult female; woman (an adult female person (as opposed to a man))


BROAD (adjective)


Sense 1broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other

Synonyms:

broad; wide

Context examples:

wide roads / a wide necktie / wide margins / three feet wide / a river two miles broad / broad shoulders / a broad river

Similar:

sweeping (taking in or moving over (or as if over) a wide area; often used in combination)

fanlike (resembling a fan)

deep (extending relatively far inward)

broad-brimmed ((of hats) having a broad brim)

bird's-eye; panoramic (as from an altitude or distance)

beamy (broad in the beam)

wide-screen ((motion pictures) projected on a screen with much greater width than height)

Also:

thick (not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions)

comprehensive (including all or everything)

Attribute:

breadth; width (the extent of something from side to side)


Sense 2broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Broad in scope or content

Synonyms:

encompassing; blanket; all-inclusive; all-encompassing; all-embracing; across-the-board; broad; extensive; panoptic; wide

Context examples:

across-the-board pay increases / an all-embracing definition / blanket sanctions against human-rights violators / an invention with broad applications / a panoptic study of Soviet nationality / granted him wide powers

Similar:

comprehensive (including all or everything)


Sense 3broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not detailed or specific

Synonyms:

unspecific; broad

Context examples:

a broad rule / the broad outlines of the plan / felt an unspecific dread

Similar:

general (applying to all or most members of a category or group)


Sense 4broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking subtlety; obvious

Synonyms:

unsubtle; broad

Context example:

gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave

Similar:

clear (clear to the mind)


Sense 5broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being at a peak or culminating point

Synonyms:

broad; full

Context examples:

broad day / full summer

Similar:

high (greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount)


Sense 6broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very large in expanse or scope

Synonyms:

spacious; wide; broad

Context examples:

a broad lawn / the wide plains / a spacious view / spacious skies

Similar:

big; large (above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent)


Sense 7broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of speech) heavily and noticeably regional

Context example:

a broad southern accent

Similar:

noticeable (capable or worthy of being perceived)


Sense 8broad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

Synonyms:

large-minded; liberal; tolerant; broad

Context examples:

a broad political stance / generous and broad sympathies / a liberal newspaper / tolerant of his opponent's opinions

Similar:

broad-minded (inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own)


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