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length

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noun \ˈleŋ(k)th, ˈlen(t)th\

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\

  1. 1 a :  the longer or longest dimension of an object b :  a measured distance or dimension <10 feet in length> — see metric system table, weight table c :  the quality or state of being long

  2. 2 a :  duration or extent in time b :  relative duration or stress of a sound

  3. 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. 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. 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. 6 :  the longer or vertical dimension of a piece of clothing —often used in combination <elbow-length sleeves>

at length
  1. 1 :  fully, comprehensively

  2. 2 :  at last :  finally

Examples of length

  1. The length of the table is six feet, and its width is three feet.

  2. These pins are available in one- and two-inch lengths.

  3. The adult animals reach a maximum length of two meters.

  4. Your essay should be no more than 250 words in length.

  5. the length of a movie

  6. 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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