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Meaning of length by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English lengþu


    • enPR: lĕngth, IPA: /lɛŋθ/, X-SAMPA: /lENT/


    length ( plural: lengths )

    1. The measurement of distance along the longest dimension of an object .
    2. duration
    3. ( horse racing ) The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race .
    4. ( mathematics ) Distance between the two ends of a line segment .
    5. ( cricket ) The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman .
    6. ( figuratively ): total extent
      The length of a book
    7. part of something that's long, a physical piece of something
      A length of rope


    length ( third-person singular simple present lengths present participle lengthing, simple past and past participle lengthed )

    1. ( obsolete ) To lengthen .
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Explanation of length by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a section of something that is long and narrow

    2. a length of timber
      a length of tubing
    3. continuance in time

    4. he complained about the length of time required
    5. the linear extent in space from one end to the other

    6. the length of the table was 5 feet
    7. size of the gap between two places

    8. he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points
    9. the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end

    10. the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words

    Definition of length by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Length ( lĕngth ), n. [OE. lengthe, AS. lengð, fr. lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. længde, Sw. längd, Icel. lengd. See Long, a. ]
      1. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as, “the length of a church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.”

      2. A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; -- often in the plural.

      Large lengths of seas and shores. Shak.

      The future but a length behind the past. Dryden.

      3. The quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration; as, “some sea birds are remarkable for the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of the sermon, and the length of his walk.”

      4. A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together; as, “a length of pipe; a length of fence.”

      5. Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length.

      May Heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss

      With length of days, and every day like this. Dryden.

      6. Distance. [Obs.]

      He had marched to the length of Exeter. Clarendon.

      At length. At or in the full extent; without abbreviation; as, let the name be inserted at length. At the end or conclusion; after a long period. See Syn. of At last, under Last. -- At arm's length. See under Arm.

    2. Length, v. t. To lengthen. [Obs.] Shak.