- (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
- 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.
go to any length
Also, go to great lengths. Take a great deal of trouble for something, go to extremes. For example, He'll go to great lengths to make a perfect chocolate cake, or, as Benjamin Disraeli put it in Coningsby (1844): “He would go ... [to] any lengths for his party.”
see at arm's length; at length; go to any length.