Meaning of LENGTH in English


Pronunciation: ' le ŋ (k)th, ' len(t)th

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural lengths \ ' le ŋ (k)ths, ' len(t)ths, ' le ŋ (k)s \

Etymology: Middle English lengthe, from Old English lengthu, from lang longitude

Date: before 12th century

1 a : the longer or longest dimension of an object b : a measured distance or dimension <10 feet in length > ― see METRIC SYSTEM table WEIGHT table c : the quality or state of being long

2 a : duration or extent in time b : relative duration or stress of a sound

3 a : distance or extent in space b : the length of something taken as a unit of measure <his horse led by a length >

4 : the degree to which something (as a course of action or a line of thought) is carried ― often used in plural <went to great length s to learn the truth>

5 a : a long expanse or stretch b : a piece constituting or usable as part of a whole or of a connected series : SECTION <a length of pipe>

6 : the longer or vertical dimension of a piece of clothing ― often used in combination <elbow- length sleeves>

– at length


2 : at last : FINALLY

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.