length

noun
\ ˈleŋ(k)th, ˈlen(t)th \
plural lengths\ ˈleŋ(k)ths , 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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Despite the difference in hues, both dresses feature a lightweight high-low cape with stunning crystal embellishments on the shoulders over a pleated floor-length skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Someone Channeled Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen Dress at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Kendall Jenner wore a lime green floor-length gown, while Kourtney Kardashian stunned in green velvet. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "The 2018 Kardashian Christmas Party Was More Over-the-Top Kardashian Than Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 Six by Ten is composed of 14 concise, chapter-length narratives, which each shine a light on a different aspect of the US prison system’s darkest corners. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Keeping the skirt at knee-length or above adds flounce and fun, while simple heels and a single stand-out piece of jewelry add just the right dose of glitz without going over the top. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Chic New Years Eve Outfit Ideas," 17 Dec. 2018 There’s just not a great way to do a door-length cut in an apartment. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "That Time I Bought Pre-Hung Double Doors Too Wide for My Doorway," 13 Dec. 2018 Hoda wowed in a floor-length dusty rose gown with dainty gold accessories. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Wait Until You See What Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie from 'Today' Wore to the Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Hooded white ankle-length robes hide the human shape; a big square of black mesh lets a wearer see out while hiding the face. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018 The one-plane-swinging, funky-hat-wearing, same-club-length-using scientist masquerading as a world-class golfer was seen using a compass at the Travelers Championship. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 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 \

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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