lengthwise

adverb

length·​wise ˈleŋ(k)th-ˌwīz How to pronounce lengthwise (audio)
ˈlen(t)th-
: in the direction of the length : longitudinally
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 The families got into the two beds, preparing to go to sleep, women and girls lying lengthwise, boys across the bottom of the bed at their feet. Samantha M. Shapiro, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2022 These fibrils are arranged lengthwise into bundles — like the filaments in a fiber-optic cable — which give meat its distinctive grain. J. Kenji López-Alt, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Or, for grilling and slow-cooking or confiting, slice small-to-medium summer squash in half lengthwise, including the stem. Asha Loupy, Bon Appétit, 29 Aug. 2022 Slice stem off, cut lengthwise and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2022 Cut the log in half lengthwise, all the way through. Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 Cut out a 3- by 1-inch rectangle and roll lengthwise into a tube; adhere end with hot-glue. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, 30 Aug. 2022 Fold a dangling end of the ribbon in half lengthwise, and cut diagonally to form two sharp points. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 11 Sep. 2022 Cut out a 3- by 1-inch rectangle of green felt and roll lengthwise into a tube to make a stem; adhere end with hot-glue. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 18 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lengthwise was circa 1580

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“Lengthwise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lengthwise. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

lengthwise

adverb or adjective
length·​wise ˈleŋ(k)th-ˌwīz How to pronounce lengthwise (audio)
ˈlen(t)th-
: in the direction of the length
fold the paper lengthwise
a lengthwise crease

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