- (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
Examples from the Web for 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|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only now, when we were able to talk frankly and at length, did I come to realize how profoundly it had affected him.
That house was, at length, the only one left standing; and when we returned Mrs. W. pointed it out to me.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)|Harriet Martineau
The statement may be true; but instead of a cave there is only a tunnel a few rods in length.Archeological Investigations|Gerard Fowke
At length we returned to our vessel, which had triumphantly fought the wind and floating trees.Strange True Stories of Louisiana|George Washington Cable
It was a quadrangular pyramid of baked brick, a stadium in height, and each of the sides a stadium in length.
We arrived at length last night, after a long and tedious journey, in the former capital of the world.Louis Spohr's Autobiography|Louis Spohr
British Dictionary definitions for length
- in depth; fully
- for a long time; interminably
Word Origin for length
Word Origin and History 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.
Medicine definitions for length
Idioms and Phrases with length
see at arm's length; at length; go to any length.