\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The length, width and height of the 2022 Taiga Orca Carbon personal watercraft are 9.5 feet, 3.8 feet and 3.4 feet, respectively. WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 The machine comes with four presser feet, and automatically sets stitch length and width for optimal performance. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 1 Aug. 2022 The new model has a 1.6 inch longer wheelbase, a 2.7 inch increase in overall length, and an 0.4 inch uptick in width. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 12 July 2022 The most famous is the Perito Moreno Glacier -- extending 19 miles in length, three miles in width and 560 in depth, according to the Global Alliance of National Parks. Janelle Davis, CNN, 9 July 2022 This woody vine can reach up to 65 feet in height and 32 feet in width. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 27 June 2022 Ukrainian railway tracks differ in width from most European ones. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Where a typical bath towel ranges from 20 to 30 inches in width and 40 to 58 inches in length, beach towels generally measure at least 35 inches wide and go all the way up to 72 inches in length. Rebecca Norris, Allure, 4 June 2022 Existing sidewalks on both sides of the bridge vary in width between 4 and 6 feet, and according to DDOT, do not meet current safety standards. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Width.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/width. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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