the longest extent of anything as measured from end to end: the length of a river.
the measure of the greatest dimension of a plane or solid figure.
extent from beginning to end of a series, enumeration, account, book, etc.: a report running 300 pages in length.
extent in time; duration: the length of a battle.
a distance determined by the extent of something specified: Hold the picture at arm's length.
a piece or portion of a certain or a known extent: a length of rope.
the quality or state of being long rather than short: a journey remarkable for its length.
the extent to which a person might or would go in pursuing something: He went to great lengths to get what he wanted.
a large extent or expanse of something.
the measure from end to end of a horse, boat, etc., as a unit of distance in racing: The horse won by two lengths.
Clothing. the extent of a garment related to a point it reaches, as on the wearer's body, the floor, or on a garment used as a standard of measurement (usually used in combination): an ankle-length gown; a floor-length negligee; a three-quarter-length coat.
the quality of vowels.
Bridge. the possession of four or more than four cards in a given suit.
Theater Archaic. 42 lines of an acting part.
Idioms about length
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How to use length in a sentence
On Friday, the department confirmed that Clarkson was on unpaid leave and that none of his three predecessors had been off for the length of time he had been.Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After We Published “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague | by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News | August 25, 2020 | ProPublica
Multicultural viewers identify with sports and especially musicConsumers gravitate towards videos that are culturally relevant to them and this highly correlates with overall viewing lengths.Multicultural audiences are making nuanced media choices | Vevo | August 25, 2020 | Digiday
In contrast, skulls from dingoes in the unbaited region did not significantly change in length over the same time period.Culling dingoes with poison may be making them bigger | Jake Buehler | August 19, 2020 | Science News
The length of the average meeting is down by 20%, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, which measured how digital communications have changed since workers went on lockdown this year.The average work meeting is 20% shorter since Covid-19 | Sarah Todd | August 3, 2020 | Quartz
Trust that the blogger you’re pitching to have done their research and selected a specific length of all submissions for a reason.Nine mistakes to avoid when contacting websites for backlinks | Raj Dosanjh | July 29, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
To his critics, he explained—sometimes at painful length—his reasoning against it.
“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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hitchcock was fascinated when I pointed out the similarity, and considered it at some length.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The camera dollied backward along the length of the tower's staircase while simultaneously its lens zoomed forward.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
These sections also have vibrations of their own which are of shorter length and more rapid motion.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Besides this fundamental or primary vibration, the movement divides itself into segments, or sections, of the entire length.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
At length only four or five flames remained, feebly wavering in their pools of melted wax.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
The experience of the Jesuit fathers at Port Royal is related at length, from their own point of view.
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 intervals: the book was 600 pages in length
a specified distance, esp between two positions or locations: the 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 measurement: a length of cloth
a piece or section of something narrow and long: a 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 other: Compare width (def. 4)
prosody the quality of a vowel, whether stressed or unstressed, that distinguishes it from another vowel of similar articulatory characteristics. Thus (iː) 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
in depth; fully
for a long time; interminably
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Other Idioms and Phrases with length
see at arm's length; at length; go to any length.
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