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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Built like a champ At 6 feet tall and 146 pounds, Lawrence's length and mobility cause a real problem for fighters on the ground. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "MMA fighter Lance 'The Tornado' Lawrence is one fight away from his UFC dream," 12 July 2019 The report uses players' age, position, current club, contract length, market value perception, international caps, minutes played, goals, injuries and technical quality to make its valuation. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Mbappe Stays Atop List of Most Valuable Players Under 21; Pulisic Back in Top 10," 11 July 2019 There are many factors that determine how well the Archimedes screw will work, such as the length, its angle, the radius and more. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Lift Water with an Archimedes Screw," 11 July 2019 The database would show trends in the cost of rent, length of lease, use of space and vacancies such as census tracts. Alexa St. John, WSJ, "Book Culture Chain Joins Other New York Retailers Fighting to Stay Open," 11 July 2019 At the Met, this permanent witness gets to be witnessed herself, in an exhibition brief in length and rich in charismatic detail. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "On Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, a new exhibition at the Met explores the moon's place in our cultural imagination.," 10 July 2019 Paring knife: Generally measuring 3 1/2 to 4 inches in length and 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide, these are perfect for small and precise cuts such as peeling and coring fruit, trimming around bones, deveining shrimp and tourneing vegetables. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Our guide to knives will give you an edge in the kitchen," 10 July 2019 Some experts would double (negative), suggesting length in the minor suits but not enough strength to bid at the level of three. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: July 10, 2019," 10 July 2019 Emerald Lake Where: Bear Lake trailhead Hike length: 3.5 miles out-and-back The Bear Lake Road corridor, and the Bear Lake parking area in general, is the most popular place in Rocky Mountain National Park, according to park officials. Mindy Sink, The Know, "5 of the best waterfall hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park," 9 July 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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