B-Broad

I have always loved words that have more than one meaning. Broad is one of those words. It can be used to talk about distance or ideas or even a insulting term for a woman. We use it in idioms like “you can’t hit the broad side of a barn.” A teacher will say they will do a broad overview of a lesson. People can have broad knowledge of a certain subject. I just think it is fascinating that words can have so many uses and meanings. It sure makes language interesting.

B
adjective, broader, broadest.

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 torepresenteach phoneme.

15.

broad a, the a- sound

adverb

16.

fully:

He was broad awake.
noun

17.

the broad part of anything.

18.

Slang.

  1. Usually Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman.
  2. a promiscuous woman.

19.

Often, broads. Movies, Television. an incandescent or fluorescentlampused as a general source of light in a studio.

20.

a gold coin of England and Scotland, issued by James I andCharles Iand equal to 20 shillings.

Compare carolus, jacobus.
Idioms

21.

broad on the beam, Nautical. bearing 90° to the heading of avessel.

22.

broad on the bow, Nautical. bearing 45° to the heading of a vessel.

23.

broad on the quarter, Nautical. bearing 135° to the heading ofavessel.
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  1. Lovely post Kristin thank you and terrific use of them in your writing about it …

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