Length definition

lĕngkth, lĕngth, lĕnth
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A piece, often of a standard size, that is normally measured along its greatest dimension.

A length of cloth.

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Of a (specified) length, of such length as to reach a (specified) point or part.

Full-length.

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The measurement of the extent of something along its greatest dimension.

The length of the boat.

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The state, quality, or fact of being long.
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The definition of length is how long something is, or the amount of vertical space or time it takes up.

An example of length is two hours for a movie.

An example of length is 12 inches.

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The duration of a vowel.
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The vertical extent of a garment. Often used in combination.

Knee-length; floor-length.

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Extent or degree to which an action or policy is carried.

Went to great lengths to prove his point.

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The duration of a syllable.
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(figuratively): total extent.

The length of a book.

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Part of something that's long, a physical piece of something.

A length of rope.

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(obsolete) To lengthen.

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The measurement of distance along the longest dimension of an object.
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(horse racing) The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.
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(prosody) Syllabic quantity.
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(popularly) The quality of a vowel.
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(mathematics) Distance between the two ends of a line segment.
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(cricket) The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.
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A measure used as a unit to estimate distances.

Won the race by a length.

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Extent or distance from beginning to end.

The length of a novel; the length of a journey.

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The amount of time between specified moments; the duration.

The length of a meeting.

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Extent in space; distance anything extends.
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Extent in time; duration.
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The duration of the pronunciation of a vowel.

The i in bride has greater length than the i in bright.

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The measure of how long a thing is; measurement of anything from end to end; the greatest of the two or three dimensions of anything.
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The quality, state, or fact of being long.
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A piece or stretch of something; specif., a piece of a certain or standardized measure.

A length of stove pipe.

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A unit of measure consisting of the length of an object or animal competing in a race.

To win a boat race by two lengths.

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A long stretch or extent.
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at length
  • After some time; eventually:
    At length we arrived at our destination.
  • For a considerable time; fully:
    Spoke at length about the court ruling.
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at full length
  • stretched out; completely extended
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at length
  • after a long time; finally
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go to any lengths
  • to do whatever is necessary; scruple at nothing
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
length
Plural:
lengths

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at full length
go to any lengths

Origin of length

  • Middle English from Old English lengthu del-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English lengþu

    From Wiktionary