width

noun
\ˈwidth, 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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Reverse Lunge — 15 reps each side Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All You Need Is a Pair of Socks to Do This 15-Minute Total-Body Workout From Carrie Underwood’s Trainer," 13 Dec. 2018 The tunnel runs across the entire width of the vehicle, providing 350 liters of storage space. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Rivian's Electric Truck and SUV Are Built to Tackle the Great Outdoors," 27 Nov. 2018 The seismometers, which are designed to measure surface movements less than the width of a hydrogen atom, will produce what are essentially sonograms of the planet’s insides. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Mars landing is a nail-biter for Redmond rocket engineers," 26 Nov. 2018 Ashley and Collin Gleason’s handsome 4,500-square-foot house sits on a lot spanning the width of a city block in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood, and was built in the 1860s by a Quaker family. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "5 Victorian homes to get you in the mood for fall," 1 Oct. 2018 Clearing the western horizon at an altitude of 10 degrees (the width of your fist held at arm's length) will be Venus, appearing absolutely dazzling at a magnitude of -4.2. Joe Rao, Space.com, "The Moon Has a Close Encounter with Saturn on Tuesday Night," 23 July 2018 Skaters Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Health.com, "This Super-Fun, Strength-Based Cardio Dance Workout Will Make You Forget You Are Exercising," 8 Mar. 2018 Forward Fold Hang Stand with feet inner-hips-width apart, and gently fold your upper body over your legs. Place a slight bend in your knees to make a shelf for your torso, and hold for 5-10 breaths to let the whole spine release. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "5 Exercises to Do on a Road Trip (Between Bathroom Breaks)," 28 Apr. 2017 Place your hands behind your hips about one hand-width apart, with elbows slightly bent and fingers turned inward towards your hips. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 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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width

noun

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)

width

noun
\ˈwidth \

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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