broad / wide

Both of these words describe something that is large from side to side:

  • A wide/broad river

    When measuring things, we usually use wide:

  • The river is 100 feet wide.
  • There was a six-inch-wide hole in the wall.

    We also have these expressions with broad:

  • broad shoulders (when a person’s shoulders are far apart from each other)
  • in broad daylight (in the open light of day, clearly visible)
  • talk or describe something in broad strokes (in a general way, without giving details)

    And we have these expressions with wide:

  • wide open (with a large opening or vulnerability)
  • eyes went wide (your eyes became very open)
  • a wide range of things (a large and varied number)
  • wide of the mark (when an estimate or guess is not accurate)
  • far and wide (across a large area)
  • wide awake (completely awake and thinking clearly; not sleepy/tired at all)