\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Platforms, which in some places are just over 3 feet wide, will double in width, and four elevators will make the station comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sarah Freishtat, chicagotribune.com, 9 June 2021 The iceberg is shaped like a giant ironing board, measuring around 170 kilometers (105 miles) in length and 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) in width. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 For shale oil or gas wells, what operators found out quickly was that conventional 20-40 sized sand, used for decades in fracking operations, could not be pumped into the cracks because the cracks in shale were too thin in width. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 19 May 2021 This particular cover is designed to fit grills with three or four burners (ranging from 47 to 53 inches in width), but the brand also makes similar versions in other sizes. Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 The iceberg is shaped like a giant ironing board, measuring around 170 kilometers (105 miles) in length and 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) in width. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 19 May 2021 The large bookplate measures 475mm in width and 345mm in height and can be rotated 180 degrees. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 Apr. 2021 Bucking the trend toward chunky outdoor furniture, Ms. Hodges leaned toward the slim seat of West Elm’s outdoor dining chair, which measures under 20 inches in width. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 Despite a half-inch increase in width, the new front wheels lose 3.0 pounds. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Width.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/width. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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)


\ ˈwidth How to pronounce width (audio) \

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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