length

[ lengkth, length, lenth ]
/ lɛŋkθ, lɛŋθ, lɛnθ /

noun


Nearby words

  1. lendl, ivan,
  2. lenes,
  3. lenexa,
  4. lenglen,
  5. lenglen, suzanne,
  6. length between perpendiculars,
  7. length over all,
  8. lengthen,
  9. lengthman,
  10. lengthways

Idioms

Origin of length

before 900; Middle English length(e), Old English lengthu; cognate with Dutch lengte, Old Norse lengd. See long1, -th1

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British Dictionary definitions for at length

length

/ (lɛŋkθ, lɛŋθ) /

noun

Word Origin for length

Old English lengthu; related to Middle Dutch lengede, Old Norse lengd

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Word Origin and History for at length

length

n.

Old English lengðu "length," from Proto-Germanic *langitho, noun of quality from *langgaz (root of Old English lang; see long) + *-itho, abstract noun suffix (see -th (2)).

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.

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Medicine definitions for at length

length

[ lĕngkth, lĕngth, lĕnth ]

n.

The linear distance between two points.

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Idioms and Phrases with at length

at length

1

In full, extensively. For example, The preacher went on at length about sin, or I have read at length about these cameras. [c. 1500]

2

After a long time, finally, as in At length the procession ended. [Early 1500s] Also see in the long run.

length

see at arm's length; at length; go to any length.

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