\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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Perform height and width reduction as needed to keep the plant in the 6- to 8-foot range. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 The ratings incorporate several factors, including the traffic volume of the road, speed limit, width and number of lanes, turn lanes, curbs, rough railroad crossings, type of bike lane and more. David Schutz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Which Broward County roads are safe for bicyclists? Search our map," 13 July 2018 But that configuration was scrapped as too bulky for the shoulder-width passages and elbow turns. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Seat width on many major airlines has shrunk from about 18.5 inches to 17 inches. Ashley Halsey Iii, latimes.com, "FAA tells airline passengers 'We're a safety agency, not a creature comfort agency'," 3 July 2018 As with the News app, performance is responsive, the interface is easy to use, and there is a limitation on width that results in a lot of blank space when viewing the content in a large window or in fullscreen. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "macOS Mojave: A visual tour of Dark Mode and other major features," 26 June 2018 Two sets of handcuffs had to be used, due to the width of Keim's shoulders, the report says. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Cardinals’ GM, who played for NC State, lied to cops about his job, police report shows," 11 July 2018 In Pasadena, overnight parking is prohibited for all vehicles, except by permit, and Tabor said permits are not issued to vehicles that exceed 7 feet in height or the width or length of a standard parking space. Matt Sanderson, latimes.com, "LCF City Council seeks feedback from Public Works on better regulating RV parking on streets," 10 July 2018 The steering wheel is exactly the right dimension, both in diameter and also the width of the rim. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata," 7 July 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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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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