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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bredth(e, Breidth, n. Also: breydth, breedth. [e.m.E. bredth, (breadth,) bredeth (1523). Cf. Brede n.2] Breadth. 1596 Dalr. I. 110/26.
Baith in lenth and bredthe
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Perticata.
Ten falles in length and foure in bredth
1622-6 Bisset II. 50/20.
Of a lyke lenth, breidth and quantitie
Ib. 23.
(Twelve) mylis … of breydth
1658 Conv. Burghs III. 471.
Fyve aikers of land … of alyk breidth
1667 Irvine Mun. II. 97.
The breedth off lining cloath
1687 Montgomery Mem. 339.
Ane breidth of satin

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