Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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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.
Tatler.

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 .

Broadbrim noun
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.

Broadcast adjective
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 , adjective ] To grow broad; to become broader or wider.

The broadening sun appears.
Wordsworth.

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. [ Obsolete]

Thy presence broadseals our delights for pure.
B. Jonson.

Broadside noun
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 .]

Brocade noun [ 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 .
W. Irving.

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.
Gay.

2. Dressed in brocade.

Brocage noun See Brokkerage .

Brocard noun [ Perh. from Brocardica , Brocardicorum 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.

Brocatel noun [ 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.

Brocatello noun Same as Brocatel .

Broccoli noun [ Italian broccoli , plural of broccolo sprout, cabbage sprout, dim. of brocco splinter. See Broach , noun ] (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.

Broche noun [ French] See Broach , noun

Broché (bro`shā") adjective Stitched; -- said of a book with no cover or only a paper one.

Brochette (bro`shĕt") noun [ French, dim. of broche . See Broach , noun ] (Cookery) A small spit or skewer.

-- En bro`chette" (än) [ French], on a brochette; skewered.

Brochure noun [ French, from brocher to stitch. See Broach , transitive verb ] A printed and stitched book containing only a few leaves; a pamphlet.

Brock noun [ 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 .
B. Jonson.

Brock noun [ 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.

Brodekin (brōd"kĭn) noun [ French brodequin , Middle English brossequin , from OD. broseken , brosekin , 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]

Brog (brŏg) noun [ 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.