noun \ˈleŋ(k)th, ˈlen(t)th\

Definition of length



play \ˈleŋ(k)ths, ˈlen(t)ths, ˈleŋ(k)s\
  1. 1a :  the longer or longest dimension of an objectb :  a measured distance or dimension 10 feet in length — see metric system table, weight tablec :  the quality or state of being long the length of the journey

  2. 2a :  duration or extent in timeb :  relative duration or stress of a sound (such as a vowel or syllable in prose or a note in music)

  3. 3a :  distance or extent in space a street with its length of colonial housesb :  the length of something taken as a unit of measure his horse led by a length

  4. 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

  5. 5a :  a long expanse or stretch her lengths of lustrous hairb :  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 The issue was debated at length.

  2. 2 :  at last :  finally We at length reached the top of the mountain.

Examples of length in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of length

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

First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Weights and Measures Terms

LENGTH Defined for English Language Learners


noun \ˈleŋ(k)th, ˈlen(t)th\

Definition of length for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun \ˈleŋth\

Definition of length for Students

  1. 1 :  the measured distance from one end to the other of the longer or longest side of an object

  2. 2 :  a measured distance The road is three miles in length.

  3. 3 :  the amount of time something takes The movie is two hours in length.

  4. 4 :  a piece of something that is long She bought a length of pipe.

  5. 5 :  the distance from top to bottom of an article of clothing knee-length pants

  6. 6 :  the sound of a vowel or syllable as it is affected by the time needed to pronounce it

at length

  1. 1 :  very fully We discussed the problem at length.

  2. 2 :  at the end :  finally They decided at length to order pizza.

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