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broad (adj.)

古英语 brad "宽而不窄",也有"平坦、开阔、延伸"之意,来自于原日耳曼语 *braidi- (也是古弗里斯兰语 bred ,古诺尔斯语 breiðr ,荷兰语 breed ,德语 breit ,哥特语 brouþs ),来源不明。在日耳曼语言之外未见。与 wide ,在意义上没有明显区别。日子或日光的,14世纪末;语音或口音的,1530年代。相关链接: Broadly ; broadness

broad (n.)

14世纪 ,"广度"(过时),出自 broad (adj.)。意为"河流在平坦的表面上扩张而形成的浅滩、芦苇湖",是1650年代诺福克方言词。意为"任何事物的广阔部分",到1741年。

俚语意义上的"女人"到了1911年,或许暗示着宽大的臀部,但它也可能追溯到美国英语 abroadwife ,这个词指的是远离丈夫的女人(通常是奴隶)。最早使用这个俚语词暗示着不道德或粗俗、低级的妇女。由于这种负面的联想,以及女子田径运动的兴起,田径运动的 broad jump 1863年)改为 long jump c.1967年。

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Definitions of broad from WordNet
1
broad (adj.)
being at a peak or culminating point;
broad daylight
Synonyms: full
broad (adj.)
broad in scope or content; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner;
an invention with broad applications
Synonyms: across-the-board / all-embracing / all-encompassing / all-inclusive / blanket / encompassing / extensive / panoptic / wide
broad (adj.)
having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other;
broad shoulders
a river two miles broad
a broad river
Synonyms: wide
broad (adj.)
not detailed or specific;
a broad rule
the broad outlines of the plan
Synonyms: unspecific
broad (adj.)
lacking subtlety; obvious;
gave us a broad hint that it was time to leave
Synonyms: unsubtle
broad (adj.)
very large in expanse or scope;
a broad lawn
Synonyms: spacious / wide
broad (adj.)
(of speech) heavily and noticeably regional;
a broad southern accent
2
broad (n.)
slang term for a woman;
a broad is a woman who can throw a mean punch
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