\ 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 The headlights retain their slim vertical signature but add a narrow horizontal element in an effort to further emphasize the SUV's prodigious width. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2021 Cadillac Escalade Gets Even Bigger and Bolder," 5 Feb. 2020 The clip hangers have vinyl tips on the insides to prevent any marks, and can be adjusted easily to fit a variety of garment widths. Popular Science, "Practical, simple clothes hangers for a neat closet," 31 Jan. 2020 Both shops calculate the price for tin-lining pots by measuring the width and adding twice the height. Washington Post, "Discolored metal molds: Don’t bake until you know what they’re lined with," 27 Jan. 2020 This, in turn, was essential to transferring the battle to enemy soil, a necessity given Israel’s slender geographic width before the 1967 war. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 Wrap each chicken wing with slices of bacon width-wise, and tie bacon around like a bow. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Create the Perfect NYE Party Menu With These Mouth-Watering Chef Approved Dishes," 26 Dec. 2019 Bud was the epitome of a regal Texas longhorn, with big horns tracing the width of a bald eagle’s wingspan. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Owners, herd distraught after prized Texas longhorn fatally shot," 22 Jan. 2020 Technicians then cut it into slabs 20 microns thick, about the width of an extremely fine human hair. Sharon Begley, STAT, "A ‘landmark’ achievement: Scientists trace full wiring diagram of the fly brain’s core," 22 Jan. 2020 The faint, star-like planet will be separated from the moon by only two degrees—equal to the width of your two fingers held at arm’s length. National Geographic, "How did coronavirus spread so far, so fast?," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of width was in 1570

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Width.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/width. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce width (audio)

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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