Definition of length
lengthsplay \ˈleŋ(k)ths, ˈlen(t)ths, ˈleŋ(k)s\
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>
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)
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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of length
Middle English lengthe, from Old English lengthu, from lang long
First Known Use: before 12th century
LENGTH Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of length for Students
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
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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