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Having a distance larger than usual from side to side; wide.

broad arrow a mark resembling a broad arrowhead, formerly used on British prison clothing and other government property.

Broad Church a tradition or group within the Anglican Church favouring a liberal interpretation of doctrine; the phrase came into vogue around 1848, and according to the Master of Balliol, Benjamin Jowett, was first proposed in his hearing by the poet Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–61). In general usage, Broad Church means a group, organization, or doctrine which allows for and caters to a wide range of opinions and people.

broad in the beam fat around the hips. Originally beam referred to the horizontal transverse timbers of a wooden ship, hence the greatest width of a ship, from which is derived the figurative use.

land of the broad acres a traditional name for Yorkshire.

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