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[lengkth-wahyz, length-, lenth-] /ˈlɛŋkθˌwaɪz, ˈlɛŋθ-, ˈlɛnθ-/
adverb, adjective
in the direction of the length.
Origin of lengthwise
First recorded in 1570-80; length + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The strips must be cut so that the corrugations go across, instead of lengthwise, the strips.

  • The first or principal diameter of an ellipse; that which crosses it lengthwise.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • When tender, drain, cut in lengthwise slices one-half inch thick, and lay in a buttered pan.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • There were fifteen of these across the room and twenty-five lengthwise.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • Take a veal kidney, open it lengthwise and leave all its fat.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • We are at the western extremity of an oblong valley, looking up it lengthwise.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • You put your cord around each end, and then around it all lengthwise.

    The Young Alaskans Emerson Hough
  • We were at its upper end, and of course viewed it lengthwise.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • He had folded it lengthwise and crosswise and had put it in his pocket—and had not thought of it since, until that moment.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for lengthwise

1570s, from length + wise (n.). As an adjective by 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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