Pronunciation: (brôd),[key] —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. Phonet.(of a transcription) using one basic symbol to represent each phoneme.
15. broad a, the a-soundPronunciation: (ä)[key]when used in lieu of the more common a-soundPronunciation: (a)[key]in such words as half, can't, and laugh. 16. broad on the beam,Naut.bearing 90° to the heading of a vessel.
17. broad on the bow,Naut.bearing 45° to the heading of a vessel.
18. broad on the quarter,Naut.bearing 135° to the heading of a vessel.
—adv. fully: He was broad awake.
—n. 1. the broad part of anything.
2. Slang. a. Usually Offensive.a woman.
b. a promiscuous woman.
3. Often, broads.Motion Pictures,Television.an incandescent or fluorescent lamp used as a general source of light in a studio.
4. a gold coin of England and Scotland, issued by James I and Charles I and equal to 20 shillings. Cf. carolus, jacobus.
Pronunciation: (brôd),[key] —n. C(harlie) D(unbar), 1887–1971, English philosopher.