\ 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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McKay liked the idea of the bags having edges that weren’t as high, but wasn't crazy about the idea of the width. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker throws off a mound, hopes for late-season return," 10 Sep. 2019 Even when the objects generating a gravitational wave are as massive as neutron stars or large black holes, the blip’s effects are tiny—a distortion a thousandth of the width of a proton over the course of a 4km-long detector arm. The Economist, "Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity," 22 Aug. 2019 Eliminating this constant threat would free up lots of mental and emotional band-width. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: I thought my boyfriend was joking, but he wasn’t. Now I want out.," 11 June 2019 Eliminating this constant threat would free up lots of mental and emotional band-width. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: Do not ever, ever, ever ask someone why they don’t have kids," 11 June 2019 Eliminating this constant threat would free up lots of mental and emotional band-width. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Fertility struggles lead to pregnant pauses," 11 June 2019 Other researchers have been probing the minimum amount of width needed. Quanta Magazine, "Foundations Built for a General Theory of Neural Networks," 31 Jan. 2019 With a round face shape, the measurement of width and length are basically equal. Devon Abelman, Allure, "3 Steps to Finally Answer This Question: What Is My Face Shape?," 22 Aug. 2018 Most systems have two side-by-side double covered drawers that take up the entire length and most of the width of the bed, while topping out at about a foot high. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Why You Need Drawers for Your Truck," 12 June 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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The first known use of width was in 1570

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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)


\ ˈwidth How to pronounce width (audio) \

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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to spread over or through

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