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Definition the distance between two sides; or the range of variety — especially a broad range of knowledge
  • The introductory courses are meant to add to breadth rather than depth of understanding.
breadth = the range of variety
  • a teacher must have a breadth of knowledge of the subject
  • Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.
    Genesis 13:17 (NIV)
  • He was tall and thin, and wore his coats padded, which gave a fictitious breadth and depth to his shoulders and chest.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • The cnams creaked, but we sat so still that the thing did not sway a hair's breadth.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Where the canyon pinched to a breadth of less than ten feet, Max ventured a look behind him.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Why, you used to reproach me with breadth!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I was within a hair's-breadth of the last opportunity for pronouncement, and I found with humiliation that probably I would have nothing to say.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • But I can measure distances to a hair's-breadth-always could."
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The sun was no more than a finger's breadth above the horizon when a runner arrived at the tent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She bent to gather up a mud-stained breadth, and followed him up the steps into the hall.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • That night the Mother of the Spirits walked the length and breadth of the clan, weeping for her murdered son.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • 37:10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • Their boards barely a hand's breadth above the housetops, the patterns of shingles passed underneath hypnotically.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • I only note his beauty: the smooth brown of his skin, the breadth of his shoulders, the muscles of his arms, so very different from my own.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • The bulk of the rampart holds her in its breadth.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • If the punt did pass under the bridge without sticking, it would do so by no more than a claw's breadth.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • The width and breadth of this question nearly shook her.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • My physical limitations are forgotten—my world lies upward, the length and the breadth and the sweep of the heavens are mine!
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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