\ 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 Two wheelsets with tires of different width and tread can essentially create two bikes out of one. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "How Much Should You Spend on a Gravel Bike?," 19 Dec. 2020 Fernandez said their distance will be just a fraction of the width of the full moon, or 0.1 degree apart. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Like the Star of Bethlehem: Jupiter and Saturn to get cozy in night sky," 18 Dec. 2020 Unlike other smartphones incorporating bendable screen tech, the Oppo doesn’t fold – rather it can be pulled to unfurl an extra inch or so of screen width. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Hard conversations need great design," 24 Nov. 2020 New taillights, with a strong horizontal line, add an impression of width. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Honda unveils its new Civic on Twitch to attract younger buyers," 17 Nov. 2020 For knives that are wider or more narrow, use two quarters per half-inch of blade width. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: 3 DIY tricks for how to sharpen your knives without a sharpener," 24 Oct. 2020 Plan gatepost positions based on multiples of your slats and slat spacing, less one-half of the slat width. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Your Own Picket Fence," 23 Oct. 2020 Performed on the driver's and passenger's sides of the vehicle, the small-overlap test shows what happens when the front corner of a vehicle (25 percent of its width) collides with a pole or another vehicle. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Which Vehicles Do the Worst In Crash Testing?," 17 Oct. 2020 But what if a home of a similar width was looking for a new owner and its interiors were absolutely gorgeous? Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Skinny London Home Has Gorgeous Interiors, But It’s Only Six Feet Wide," 25 Sep. 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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Last Updated

13 Feb 2021

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“Width.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/width. Accessed 26 Feb. 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)


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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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