- (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 lengthperiod, breadth, term, mileage, span, diameter, stretch, section, space, portion, height, width, range, magnitude, limit, duration, radius, piece, segment, dimension
Examples from the Web for length
Contemporary Examples of length
“It seems that the different standard is (based on) the length of the beard and outwardly display of piety,” Hamdani said.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy
December 21, 2014
Hitchcock was fascinated when I pointed out the similarity, and considered it at some length.
The camera dollied backward along the length of the tower's staircase while simultaneously its lens zoomed forward.
People in the comments section were complaining about the length of one of these essays that ran in The New Yorker.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Only now, when we were able to talk frankly and at length, did I come to realize how profoundly it had affected him.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of length
At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
At length, carried away by impatience, I reprimanded him publicly.
He returned at length with the message, "The lady says will you please step up-stairs."The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Looking around him, he at length, from the edge of the valley, descried Robert.
But this neglect has at length recoiled upon the heads of its promoters.
- 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.
see at arm's length; at length; go to any length.