Width vs. Breadth - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Width

    In geometric measurements, length is the most extended dimension of an object. In the International System of Quantities, length is any quantity with dimension distance. In other contexts, length is a measured dimension of an object. For example, it is possible to cut a length of wire shorter than the wire's width. Length may be distinguished from height, which is vertical extent, and width or breadth, which are the distance from side to side, measuring across the object at right angles to the length. Length is a measure of one dimension, whereas area is a measure of two dimensions (length squared) and volume is a measure of three dimensions (length cubed). In most systems of measurement, the unit of length is a base unit, from which other units are derived.

  • Breadth

    In geometric measurements, length is the most extended dimension of an object. In the International System of Quantities, length is any quantity with dimension distance. In other contexts, length is a measured dimension of an object. For example, it is possible to cut a length of wire shorter than the wire's width. Length may be distinguished from height, which is vertical extent, and width or breadth, which are the distance from side to side, measuring across the object at right angles to the length. Length is a measure of one dimension, whereas area is a measure of two dimensions (length squared) and volume is a measure of three dimensions (length cubed). In most systems of measurement, the unit of length is a base unit, from which other units are derived.

Wiktionary

  • Width (noun)

    The state of being wide.

  • Width (noun)

    The measurement of the extent of something from side to side.

  • Width (noun)

    A piece of material measured along its smaller dimension, especially fabric.

  • Width (noun)

    The horizontal distance between a batsman and the ball as it passes him.

  • Width (noun)

    The use of all the width of the pitch, from one side to the other.

    "Manchester United like to play with width."

  • Breadth (noun)

    The extent or measure of how broad or wide something is.

  • Breadth (noun)

    A piece of fabric of standard width.

  • Breadth (noun)

    Scope or range, especially of knowledge or skill.

  • Breadth (noun)

    A style in painting in which details are strictly subordinated to the harmony of the whole composition.

  • Breadth (noun)

    The length of the longest vertices in a graph.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Width (noun)

    the measurement or extent of something from side to side; the lesser of two or the least of three dimensions of a body

    "the yard was about seven feet in width"

  • Width (noun)

    a piece of something at its full extent from side to side

    "a single width of hardboard"

  • Width (noun)

    the sideways extent of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum.

  • Width (noun)

    wide range or extent

    "the width of experience required for these positions"

Webster Dictionary

  • Width (noun)

    The quality of being wide; extent from side to side; breadth; wideness; as, the width of cloth; the width of a door.

  • Breadth (noun)

    Distance from side to side of any surface or thing; measure across, or at right angles to the length; width.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Width (noun)

    the extent of something from side to side

  • Breadth (noun)

    an ability to understand a broad range of topics;

    "a teacher must have a breadth of knowledge of the subject"

  • Breadth (noun)

    the extent of something from side to side

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