Meaning of LENGTH in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈleŋ(k)th, ˈlen(t)th ]


( plural lengths ˈleŋ(k)ths, ˈlen(t)ths, ˈleŋ(k)s)

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

Date: before 12th century


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


a. : duration or extent in time

b. : relative duration or stress of a sound


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


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

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