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 length (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 The series lacked only one game to extend the NBA Finals to its maximum length. Still. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 Fredric Cibelli, 44, a partner at Ernst & Young in New York, finds his chin-length ’do easier to manage than a short-back-and-sides. Jamie Waters, WSJ, 21 July 2021 Their catch— 10 birds that collided with the net and tumbled into a pocket along its length—was a good one. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 20 July 2021 The case had for several years operated with little drama, though questions about how its length and the singer's feelings about the proceedings, arose in recent years. Andrew Dalton, ajc, 15 July 2021 The case had for several years operated with little drama, though questions about how its length and the singer's feelings about the proceedings, arose in recent years. Andrew Dalton, Chron, 15 July 2021 On the single's cover, both Normani and Cardi are nude, with their floor-length, flowing hair carefully concealing their bodies. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 July 2021 The Bucks’ best scoring opportunities arrived only when Antetokounmpo could gain entrance to the post and was able to pivot and spin, utilizing his length for dunks and layups. New York Times, 9 July 2021 One of my favorite things about Robinson’s series, meanwhile, is its length. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 July 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Length.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/length. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for length

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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