length

noun
\ ˈleŋ(k)th How to pronounce length (audio) , ˈlen(t)th How to pronounce length (audio) \
plural lengths\ ˈleŋ(k)ths How to pronounce lengths (audio) , ˈlen(t)ths , ˈleŋ(k)s \

Definition of length

1a : the longer or longest dimension of an object
b : a measured distance or dimension 10 feet in length — see Metric System Table, Weights and Measures Table
c : the quality or state of being long the length of the journey
2a : duration or extent in time
b : relative duration or stress of a sound (such as a vowel or syllable in prose or a note in music)
3a : distance or extent in space a street with its length of colonial houses
b : the length of something taken as a unit of measure his horse led by a length
4 : the degree to which something (such as a course of action or a line of thought) is carried often used in plural went to great lengths to learn the truth
5a : a long expanse or stretch her lengths of lustrous hair
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
at length
1 : fully, comprehensively The issue was debated at length.
2 : at last : finally We at length reached the top of the mountain.

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Examples of length in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

To keep flyaways at bay, use a finishing cream, and don’t skimp on using conditioner on your lengths and ends. Allure, "Here's How to Avoid Getting a Bad Haircut," 16 May 2019 Then use a wide-tooth comb to make small or large sections, depending on your length, throughout your hair. Glamour, "How to Keep Curls Overnight Without Losing Their Shape," 14 May 2019 With her honeyed brunette lengths pulled back into a low ponytail, Ambrosio topped off the style with a silk canary yellow scarf tied loosely around the base. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alessandra Ambrosio’s French Girl Hair Trick Is Worth Stealing for Summer," 14 May 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went to great lengths to keep their birth plans private—but today, pulled back the curtain just a little bit. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Opened Up About Baby Sussex. Read the Full Transcript.," 8 May 2019 Her BFF Courtney Barry got married and Selena fit right in with her floor length black gown and red lipstick. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Ways Selena Gomez Has Been Living it Up Since Justin Bieber Married Hailey Baldwin," 29 Mar. 2019 That’s about the same weight as the 3rd Gen X1 Yoga, but the footprint has shrunk by about half an inch in its length and width, and a couple of millimeters in thickness, too. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga slim down with 8th-gen Core chips for 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 Beyond the skylights, the Silver Swan can accommodate two people and their gear in its relatively short length. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with skylights lives large in 100 square feet," 17 Dec. 2018 Work on the 2-mile test tunnel began last year, and earlier this month, Musk posted a time-lapse video of his walk down its length, saying that the the tunnel is still expected to open to the public on December 10th. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The Boring Company has completed digging its first tunnel," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of length

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for length

Middle English lengthe, from Old English lengthu, from lang long

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length

noun

English Language Learners 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

length

noun
\ ˈleŋth How to pronounce length (audio) \

Kids Definition of length

1 : the measured distance from one end to the other of the longer or longest side of an object
2 : a measured distance The road is three miles in length.
3 : the amount of time something takes The movie is two hours in length.
4 : a piece of something that is long She bought a length of pipe.
5 : the distance from top to bottom of an article of clothing knee-length pants
6 : the sound of a vowel or syllable as it is affected by the time needed to pronounce it
at length
1 : very fully We discussed the problem at length.
2 : at the end : finally They decided at length to order pizza.

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