[lengkth, length, lenth]


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


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 length



the linear extent or measurement of something from end to end, usually being the longest dimension or, for something fixed, the longest horizontal dimension
the extent of something from beginning to end, measured in some more or less regular units or intervalsthe book was 600 pages in length
a specified distance, esp between two positions or locationsthe length of a race
a period of time, as between specified limits or moments
something of a specified, average, or known size or extent measured in one dimension, often used as a unit of measurementa length of cloth
a piece or section of something narrow and longa length of tubing
the quality, state, or fact of being long rather than short
(usually plural) the amount of trouble taken in pursuing or achieving something (esp in the phrase to great lengths)
(often plural) the extreme or limit of action (in phrases such as to any length (s), to what length (s) would someone go, etc)
prosody phonetics the metrical quantity or temporal duration of a vowel or syllable
the distance from one end of a rectangular swimming bath to the otherCompare width (def. 4)
prosody the quality of a vowel, whether stressed or unstressed, that distinguishes it from another vowel of similar articulatory characteristics. Thus () in English beat is of greater length than (ɪ) in English bit
cricket the distance from the batsman at which the ball pitches
bridge a holding of four or more cards in a suit
NZ informal the general idea; the main purpose
at length
  1. in depth; fully
  2. eventually
  3. for a long time; interminably

Word Origin for length

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

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Word Origin and History for length



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 length


[lĕngkth, lĕngth, lĕnth]


The linear distance between two points.

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Idioms and Phrases with length


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

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