having a broad, wide face.
of great breadth: The river was too broad to swim across. measured from side to side: The desk was three feet broad. of great extent; large: the broad expanse of ocean. widely diffused; open; full: We awoke to broad daylight. not limited or narrow; of extensive range or scope: A modern doctor must have a […]
See under gauge (def 13). Railroads. of or relating to equipment designed for a railroad having track of a broad gauge: broad-gauge rolling stock. of wide scope, application, or experience: broad-gauge efforts to improve the health of our citizens. to determine the exact dimensions, capacity, quantity, or force of; measure. to appraise, estimate, or judge. […]
having hardness and rigidity but little tensile strength; breaking readily with a comparatively smooth fracture, as glass. easily damaged or destroyed; fragile; frail: a brittle marriage. lacking warmth, sensitivity, or compassion; aloof; self-centered: a self-possessed, cool, and rather brittle person. having a sharp, tense quality: a brittle tone of voice. unstable or impermanent; evanescent. a […]