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

Yep, teens are transforming cheap dresses from the fast fashion retailer into gorgeous full-length ball gowns that look like the real deal. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Teens Are DIYing $40 Fashion Nova Dresses to Prom and the Looks Are Legit STUNNING," 29 May 2019 Inspired by movies like Mean Girls and Bring It On, Wolfy had the idea to do it as a full-length teen movie concept album. Erica Russell, Teen Vogue, "Maddie Ross’s Album "Never Have I Ever" Is the Queer Teen Rom-Com Soundtrack She Always Wanted," 10 May 2019 My favorite guest was Diana Ross, also in a full-length dress of exotic feathers. Maria Ward, Vogue, "André Leon Talley Explains the Significance of the Met Gala," 5 May 2019 Now, there's a newer, longer, full-length trailer out (watch it above). Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The New 'Aladdin' Trailer Will Change the Way You See Will Smith's Genie," 12 Mar. 2019 But what really caught our eye was Underwood’s two-story dressing room, complete with a vanity and full-length mirror on one floor and a decadent closet above—connected by a spiral staircase. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "Carrie Underwood Is Selling Her Tennessee Home," 11 Mar. 2019 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

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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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