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[width, witth or, often, with]
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  1. extent from side to side; breadth; wideness.
  2. a piece of the full wideness, as of cloth.
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Origin of width

1620–30; wide + -th1, modeled on breadth, etc.
Can be confusedwidth with
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Related Words for width

diameter, girth, span, scope, thickness, amplitude, area, stretch, measure, reach, expanse, range, extent, compass, broadness

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British Dictionary definitions for width


  1. the linear extent or measurement of something from side to side, usually being the shortest dimension or (for something fixed) the shortest horizontal dimension
  2. the state or fact of being wide
  3. a piece or section of something at its full extent from side to sidea width of cloth
  4. the distance across a rectangular swimming bath, as opposed to its length
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Word Origin for width

C17: from wide + -th 1, analogous to breadth
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Word Origin and History for width


1620s, formed from wide on model of breadth, and replacing wideness. Johnson (1755) calls it "a low word."

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