\ 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 site was cleaned and archaeologists uncovered lines that varied in width from 12 to 16 inches that create the 121 foot long image. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Archaeologists find huge 2,000-year-old cat image carved into Peru hillside," 19 Oct. 2020 The width of the bottom of the hole isn’t as important as the top of the hole. Dallas News, "When planting a tree, take time to prepare the hole properly," 19 Oct. 2020 With a king mattress, couples each get about the width of a twin mattress to spread out and sleep comfortably. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "Your Ultimate Guide to Mattress Sizes and Bed Dimensions," 6 Oct. 2020 Growing up in northern New Jersey, a thin line of woods, no more than 20 to 25 yards in width was visible from the back porch of my childhood home. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Around Deer Park: Month sees 5 COVID cases at DPISD," 1 Oct. 2020 As far as size goes, plates measure anywhere from 0.75 to 2.5 inches in width. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best flat iron of 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 In other words, the margin of error for where the batter can make contact with the ball and hope to get a hit is half the width of the SIM-card in your iPhone. Eric Rynston-lobel, Popular Science, "Hitting a baseball is the hardest skill to pull off in sports. Here’s why.," 6 Aug. 2020 Then move in toward the center in concentric rings, overlapping each pass by half the width of the compactor's base plate. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Beautiful Bluestone Patio: A Step-By-Step Guide," 1 Aug. 2020 Fireplace bellows are measured by their length and width. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "The best fireplace bellow," 7 Oct. 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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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Width.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/width. Accessed 28 Oct. 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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