MEANING: adjective: Effective in a wide variety of uses.

ETYMOLOGY: From broad, from Old English braed + spectrum, from Latin spectrum (appearance), from specere (to look). Earliest documented use: 1950.

NOTES: A spectrum is the range of colors that light decomposes into when passing through a prism. Over time, the word spectrum has come to refer to a range of anything...

BROAD SPEC TRIM - remove the extra plastic form your eyeglasses

BROAD SPECTORUM - wide range of views about ghosts

BROOD-SPECTRUM - of or pertaining to the range of chickens