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lengthwise

[lengkth-wahyz, length-, lenth-] /ˈlɛŋkθˌwaɪz, ˈlɛŋθ-, ˈlɛnθ-/
adverb, adjective
1.
in the direction of the length.
Origin of lengthwise
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; length + -wise
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  • But don't carve it that way; cut it lengthwise, as if it were the saddle, which it ought to have been.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • They are written on both sides and, following the run of the grain, lengthwise.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • We were at its upper end, and of course viewed it lengthwise.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • Take a veal kidney, open it lengthwise and leave all its fat.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Running through it lengthwise is a hole about the size of a lead-pencil.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • The first or principal diameter of an ellipse; that which crosses it lengthwise.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • There were fifteen of these across the room and twenty-five lengthwise.

    Chicken Little Jane Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • We are at the western extremity of an oblong valley, looking up it lengthwise.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The berths are crosswise rather than lengthwise as in our sleepers.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
Word Origin and History for lengthwise
adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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