- (of a vowel or syllable) quantity, whether long or short.
- the quality of vowels.
- in or to the full extent; completely.
- after a time; finally: At length there was a step forward in the negotiations.
Origin of length
Synonyms for length
Related Words for at lengthprecise, comprehensive, meticulous, definite, thorough, specific, complicated, intricate, exhaustive, exact, accurate, eventually, ultimately, already, belatedly, someday, subsequently, yet, covering, scattered
- in depth; fully
- for a long time; interminably
Word Origin for length
Cognate with Old Norse lengd, Old Frisian lengethe, Dutch lengte. Figurative sense of "the distance one goes, extremity to which something is carried" is from 1690s. Phrase at length "to full extent" is attested from c.1500.
In full, extensively. For example, The preacher went on at length about sin, or I have read at length about these cameras. [c. 1500]
After a long time, finally, as in At length the procession ended. [Early 1500s] Also see in the long run.
see at arm's length; at length; go to any length.