\ ˈwidth How to pronounce width (audio) , ˈwitth\

Definition of width

1 : the horizontal measurement taken at right angles to the length : breadth
2 : largeness of extent or scope
3 : a measured and cut piece of material a width of calico

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Examples of width in a Sentence

What is the width of the table? She carefully measured the length and width of the room. The deck runs the full width of the house. The carpet is available in several widths. We swam ten widths in the pool. I bought two widths of fabric.
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Or that a difference of two inches in hip width would be the marker between career success and failure. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Models Get Real About Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Size Discrimination," 9 Apr. 2019 But doctors believe there’s much more to migraines than fluctuations in blood vessel width. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Tell if Your 'Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches' Are Actually Migraines," 25 Jan. 2019 Photo: Gallerie degli Uffizi The museum has hung the weavings, which measure about 13 feet in height but vary in width, in an irregular polygonal gallery, recalling how they probably would have decorated and warmed palace rooms. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries’ Review: Woven Vistas of Pageantry," 4 Dec. 2018 The leaves are the biggest in the maple world, reaching a foot in width. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 The street-facing facade is a mere 12.5 feet in width, allowing passers-by to see the water behind it, and the rest of the house is just 16 feet wide. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "In Rowayton, a Narrow House That Feels Wide Inside," 22 June 2018 With electric motors in front and back and measuring a lane-hogging six feet in width and 16 feet in length, Symbioz isn’t exactly the car that will go on sale. Fortune, "Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?," 31 May 2018 Announced Wednesday and expected to ship July 29, the Omen 15 sports slender bezels that shrink its profile by 7.4 percent in width over the previous year. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The HP Omen 15 gaming laptop is slimmer on the outside, faster on the inside," 30 May 2018 Remember that your clenched fist held at arm's length measures roughly 10 degrees in width. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Mars Makes Its Closest Approach in 15 Years This Summer: How to See It," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of width

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for width

wide entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of width

: the distance from one side of something to the other side : a measurement of how wide something is
: a measured and cut piece of material (such as cloth)


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Kids Definition of width

1 : the measurement of the shortest or shorter side of an object : breadth In spite of the enormous width of the room it was even longer than it was wide.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
2 : a measured piece of something a width of cloth

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