\ 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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The Strait is even narrower than its 21-mile width suggests. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Why the Strait of Hormuz is so important," 13 June 2019 People would instead eat a dozen tiny steaks, fitting as many as possible into their mouths at a time, as mouth width was considered a sign of prosperity. Jeremiah Budin, The New Yorker, "Other Luxury Food Items That Used to Be Considered Disgusting," 11 June 2019 The fairways are roughly the same width as always at Pebble. Doug Ferguson, BostonGlobe.com, "USGA hopes to have the right formula for this US Open," 10 June 2019 Single-arm kettlebell clean Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and a kettlebell in right hand, arm hanging in front of right thigh. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "Hit All Your Major Muscles With This 6-Move Kettlebell Workout," 10 June 2019 Arsenal are also looking to add some width to their squad this summer, with Spanish outlet Sport claiming the club are 'one step away' from securing their first signing of the summer - Belgium international winger Yannick Carrasco. SI.com, "Arsenal Make New €48m Offer for Sampdoria Pair as Yannick Carrasco Closes in on Move," 8 June 2019 Place your feet about shoulder-width apart and start in the linear direction: Step one foot forward, then back, for about three to four sets of eight to 12 reps. NBC News, "Train like an athlete: 5 postpartum exercises the Lamoureux twins love," 7 June 2019 The twister’s width measured 50 yards and reached wind speeds of 105 mph, heavily damaging some homes. Laura Mcknight, nola.com, "3 tornadoes, maybe more, struck Baton Rouge area, weather service says," 7 June 2019 Termite bodies, on the other hand, are the same width end to end, antenna are straight, and all wings are the same length. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Despite their name, groundhogs can climb, and how to tell an ant from a termite," 6 June 2019

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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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