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Breadth. n.s. [from bꞃaꝺ, bꞃoaꝺ, Saxon.] The measure of any plain superficies from side to side.

There is in Ticinum, in Italy, a church that hath windows only from above: it is in length an hundred feet, in breadth twenty, and in height near fifty; having a door in the midst. Bacon's Nat. Hist. № 794.

The river Ganges, according unto later relations, if not in length, yet in breadth and depth, may be granted to excel it. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. vi. c. 7.

Then all approach the slain with vast surprize,
Admire on what a breadth of earth he lies.

In our Gothick cathedrals, the narrowness of the arch makes it rise in height; the lowness opens it in breadth. Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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