length·​wise | \ ˈleŋ(k)th-ˌwīz How to pronounce lengthwise (audio) , ˈlen(t)th-\

Definition of lengthwise

: in the direction of the length : longitudinally

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lengthwise adjective

Examples of lengthwise in a Sentence

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

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While barley cooks, halve carrots crosswise, then halve or quarter lengthwise to create uniformly sized pieces. Washington Post, "Chewy and nutty pearl barley stars in this hearty bowl dish," 10 June 2019 Begin by holding it parallel to the ground with another person, and fold the lower stripes lengthwise over the Union, keeping the edges of the flag crisp and straight. Fold it lengthwise again, keeping the blue Union on the outside. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 Peel carrots, halve crosswise, and cut the thick ends in half lengthwise, if large. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon-Maple Roasted Carrots," 24 Oct. 2018 Thread count is determined by the number of threads lengthwise (called the warp) and widthwise (called the weft) in a 1-inch square of fabric. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 To assemble the cake: Fold a 26-inch-long sheet of foil in thirds lengthwise to create a 4-inch-wide band. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 The rooms around the living room include a kitchen, an office, and three bedrooms, all of which are longer lengthwise than their are wide thanks to the home’s shape. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Bruce Goff-designed round house asks $179K," 27 Sep. 2018 To harvest larger amounts of juice, cut a leaf or leaves off as close to the stem of the plant as possible, slit each leaf lengthwise with a sharp knife, and then use a spoon to scrape the gel-like juice out of each half. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "It's Incredibly Easy To Grow Healing Aloe Vera At Home—Here's How," 14 Apr. 2017 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

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First Known Use of lengthwise

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lengthwise

: in the direction of the long side of something


adjective or adverb
length·​wise | \ ˈleŋth-ˌwīz How to pronounce lengthwise (audio) \

Kids Definition of lengthwise

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

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