Simple Definition of length
: the distance from one end of something to the other end : a measurement of how long something is
: the size or extent of a piece of writing
: the quality or state of being long
Full Definition of length
plural lengths play \ˈleŋ(k)ths, ˈlen(t)ths, ˈleŋ(k)s\
2 a : duration or extent in time b : relative duration or stress of a sound
3 a : distance or extent in space b : the length of something taken as a unit of measure <his horse led by a length>
4 : the degree to which something (as a course of action or a line of thought) is carried —often used in plural <went to great lengths to learn the truth>
5 a : a long expanse or stretch b : a piece constituting or usable as part of a whole or of a connected series : section <a length of pipe>
6 : the longer or vertical dimension of a piece of clothing —often used in combination <elbow-length sleeves>
Examples of length
The length of the table is six feet, and its width is three feet.
These pins are available in one- and two-inch lengths.
The adult animals reach a maximum length of two meters.
Your essay should be no more than 250 words in length.
the length of a movie
They were two car lengths behind us.
Origin of length
Middle English lengthe, from Old English lengthu, from lang long
First Known Use: before 12th century
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