length·wise | \ˈleŋ(k)th-ˌwīz, ˈlen(t)th-\

Definition of lengthwise 

: in the direction of the length : longitudinally

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from lengthwise

lengthwise adjective

Examples of lengthwise in a Sentence

Split the fruit lengthwise and discard the seeds. a piece of paper folded lengthwise

Recent Examples on the Web

Once skins are removed, pull or cut out stems, halve peppers lengthwise, and scrape out all seeds and any pith. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Chef Alon Shaya's memoir cookbook reflects life and food before break with John Besh," 8 Mar. 2018 Two people can sleep easily lengthwise in the rear bedroom thanks to custom side pop outs, a space-saving element that can hold individuals up to 6 feet 6 inches. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Colorful camper van is the ultimate adventure vehicle," 5 July 2018 Use a mandoline to slice cucumbers lengthwise into long ribbons. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 When cool enough to handle, halve each potato lengthwise. Robin Currie, Philly.com, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018 Drain well and let cool before peeling and cutting the eggs in half lengthwise, reserving the yolks. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 Cut off tips, slice each half lengthwise, then cut each piece in half again to create 8 pieces. Health.com, "How to Make Better-for-You S'mores, According to a Nutritionist," 28 June 2018 Using a floured chef’s knife, score dough in thirds lengthwise, then in fourths crosswise to make 12 squares; cut straight down. Sunset, "Manresa Bread’s Buttery Biscuits," 22 Jan. 2018 Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds and scrape strands with fork. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Light Spaghetti Bolognese," 5 Jan. 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lengthwise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lengthwise

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lengthwise

Share lengthwise

Dictionary Entries near lengthwise








Statistics for lengthwise

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lengthwise

The first known use of lengthwise was circa 1580

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lengthwise



English Language Learners Definition of lengthwise

: in the direction of the long side of something


adjective or adverb
length·wise | \ˈleŋth-ˌwīz \

Kids Definition of lengthwise

: in the direction of the length a lengthwise fold Fold the paper lengthwise.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on lengthwise

What made you want to look up lengthwise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!