Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Broad gauge (Railroad) A wider distance between the rails than the "standard" gauge of four feet eight inches and a half. See Gauge .
Broad seal The great seal of England; the public seal of a country or state.
Broad-brimmed adjective Having a broad brim.
A broad-brimmed flat silver plate.
Broad-horned adjective Having horns spreading widely.
Broad-leaved, Broad-leafed adjective Having broad, or relatively broad, leaves. Keats.
Broadax Broadaxe noun
1. An ancient military weapon; a battle-ax. 2. An ax with a broad edge, for hewing timber.
Broadbill noun 1. (Zoology) A wild duck ( Aythya, or Fuligula, marila) , which appears in large numbers on the eastern coast of the United States, in autumn; -- called also bluebill , blackhead , raft duck , and scaup duck . See Scaup duck . 2. (Zoology) The shoveler. See Shoveler .
1. A hat with a very broad brim, like those worn by men of the society of Friends. 2. A member of the society of Friends; a Quaker. [ Sportive]
Broadcast noun (Agriculture) A casting or throwing seed in all directions, as from the hand in sowing.
1. Cast or dispersed in all directions, as seed from the hand in sowing; widely diffused. 2. Scattering in all directions (as a method of sowing); -- opposed to planting in hills, or rows.
Broadcast adverb So as to scatter or be scattered in all directions; so as to spread widely, as seed from the hand in sowing, or news from the press.
Broadcloth noun A fine smooth- faced woolen cloth for men's garments, usually of double width ( i.e. , a yard and a half); -- so called in distinction from woolens three quarters of a yard wide.
Broaden transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Broadened
; present participle & verbal noun Broadening
] [ From Broad
] To grow broad; to become broader or wider.
The broadening sun appears.
Broaden transitive verb To make broad or broader; to render more broad or comprehensive.
Broadish adjective Rather broad; moderately broad.
Broadleaf noun (Botany) A tree ( Terminalia latifolia ) of Jamaica, the wood of which is used for boards, scantling, shingles, etc; -- sometimes called the almond tree , from the shape of its fruit.
Broadly adverb In a broad manner.
Broadmouth noun (Zoology) One of the Eurylaimidæ , a family of East Indian passerine birds.
Broadness noun [ Anglo-Saxon brādnes .] The condition or quality of being broad; breadth; coarseness; grossness.
Broadpiece noun An old English gold coin, broader than a guinea, as a Carolus or Jacobus.
Broadseal transitive verb To stamp with the broad seal; to make sure; to guarantee or warrant.
Thy presence broadseals our delights for pure.
1. (Nautical) The side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter. 2. A discharge of or from all the guns on one side of a ship, at the same time. 3. A volley of abuse or denunciation. [ Colloq.] 4. (Print.) A sheet of paper containing one large page, or printed on one side only; -- called also broadsheet .
Broadspread adjective Widespread.
Broadspreading adjective Spreading widely.
Broadsword noun A sword with a broad blade and a cutting edge; a claymore.
I heard the broadsword's deadly clang.
Sir W. Scott.
Broadwise adverb Breadthwise. [ Archaic]
Brob noun [ Confer Gael. brog , English brog , noun ] (Carp.) A peculiar brad-shaped spike, to be driven alongside the end of an abutting timber to prevent its slipping.
Brobdingnagian adjective [ From Brobdingnag , a country of giants in "Gulliver's Travels."] Colossal; of extraordinary height; gigantic. -- noun A giant. [ Spelt often Brobdignagian .]
[ Spanish brocado
(cf. Italian broccato
, French brocart
), from Late Latin brocare
*prick, to figure (textile fabrics), to emboss (linen), to stitch. See Broach
.] Silk stuff, woven with gold and silver threads, or ornamented with raised flowers, foliage, etc.; -- also applied to other stuffs thus wrought and enriched.
A gala suit of faded brocade .
Brocaded adjective 1. Woven or worked, as brocade, with gold and silver, or with raised flowers, etc.
Brocaded flowers o'er the gay mantua shine. 2. Dressed in brocade.
[ Perh. from Brocardica
opus, a collection of ecclesiastical canons by Burkhard
, Bishop of Worms, called, by the Italians and French, Brocard
.] An elementary principle or maximum; a short, proverbial rule, in law, ethics, or metaphysics.
The legal brocard , "Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus," is a rule not more applicable to other witness than to consciousness.
Sir W. Hamilton.
[ French brocatelle
, from Italian brocatello
: confer Spanish brocatel
. See Brocade
.] 1. A kind of coarse brocade, or figured fabric, used chiefly for tapestry, linings for carriages, etc. 2. A marble, clouded and veined with white, gray, yellow, and red, in which the yellow usually prevails. It is also called Siena marble , from its locality.
[ Italian broccoli
, plural of broccolo
sprout, cabbage sprout, dim. of brocco
splinter. See Broach
] (Botany) A plant of the Cabbage species ( Brassica oleracea ) of many varieties, resembling the cauliflower. The "curd," or flowering head, is the part used for food.
Brochantite noun [ From Brochant de Villiers, a French mineralogist.] (Min.) A basic sulphate of copper, occurring in emerald-green crystals.
Broché adjective [ French] Woven with a figure; as, broché goods.
[ French] See Broach , noun
Broché (bro`shā") adjective Stitched; -- said of a book with no cover or only a paper one.
[ French, dim. of broche
. See Broach
] (Cookery) A small spit or skewer.
-- En bro`chette"
(än) [ French], on a brochette; skewered.
[ French, from brocher
to stitch. See Broach
, transitive verb
] A printed and stitched book containing only a few leaves; a pamphlet.
[ Anglo-Saxon broc
, from W. broch
; akin to Ir. & Gael. broc
, Corn. & Armor. broch
; confer Ir. & Gael. breac
speckled.] (Zoology) A badger.
Or with pretense of chasing thence the brock .
[ See Brocket
.] (Zoology) A brocket. Bailey.
Brocken specter, spectre [ Trans. of German Brockengespenst .] A mountain specter (which see), esp. that observed on the Brocken, in the Harz Mountains.
Brocket (brŏk"ĕt) noun [ Middle English broket , French broquart fallow deer a year old, from the same root as English broach , meaning point (hence tine of a horn).]
1. (Zoology) A male red deer two years old; -- sometimes called brock . 2. (Zoology) A small South American deer, of several species ( Coassus superciliaris , C. rufus , and C. auritus ).
Brockish adjective Beastly; brutal. [ Obsolete] Bale.
[ French brodequin
, Middle English brossequin
, from OD. broseken
, dim. of broos
buskin, probably from Late Latin byrsa
leather, Greek by`rsa
skin, hide. Confer Buskin
.] A buskin or half-boot.
[ Written also brodequin
.] [ Obsolete]
[ Gael. Confer Brob
.] A pointed instrument, as a joiner's awl, a brad awl, a needle, or a small sharp stick.
Brog transitive verb To prod with a pointed instrument, as a lance; also, to broggle. [ Scot. & Prov.] Sir W. Scott.
Brogan noun A stout, coarse shoe; a brogue.