Meaning of LENGTH in English

LENGTH

[ lɛŋθ , lɛŋkθ ]

■ noun

1》 the measurement or extent of something from end to end; the greater or greatest of two or more dimensions of an object.

↘the ~ of a horse, boat, etc., as a measure of the lead in a race.

2》 the amount of time occupied by something.

3》 the quality of being long.

↘ Prosody & Phonetics the metrical quantity or duration of a vowel or syllable.

4》 the full distance that a thing extends for: the muscles running the ~ of my spine.

↘the extent of a garment in a vertical direction when worn.

5》 a stretch or piece of something.

6》 an extreme to which a course of action is taken.

7》 (in bridge or whist) the number of cards of a suit held in one's hand.

8》 Cricket the distance from the batsman at which a well-bowled ball pitches.

Phrases

at ~

1》 in detail; fully.

2》 after a long time.

the ~ and breadth of the whole extent of.

Origin

OE ~u , of Gmc origin; related to long 1 .

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