[lengkth-wahyz, length-, lenth-]

adverb, adjective

in the direction of the length.

Origin of lengthwise

First recorded in 1570–80; length + -wise
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Related Words for lengthwise

along, alongside, overall, endlong

Examples from the Web for lengthwise

Contemporary Examples of lengthwise

Historical Examples of lengthwise

  • But don't carve it that way; cut it lengthwise, as if it were the saddle, which it ought to have been.


    Charles James Lever

  • They are written on both sides and, following the run of the grain, lengthwise.

    The Booklover and His Books

    Harry Lyman Koopman

  • We were at its upper end, and of course viewed it lengthwise.

    The Desert Home

    Mayne Reid

  • Take a veal kidney, open it lengthwise and leave all its fat.

  • Running through it lengthwise is a hole about the size of a lead-pencil.

Word Origin and History for lengthwise

1570s, from length + wise (n.). As an adjective by 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper