What does length mean?

Definitions for length
lɛŋkθ, lɛŋθ, lɛnθlength

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lengthnoun

    the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place

    "the length of the table was 5 feet"

  2. duration, lengthnoun

    continuance in time

    "the ceremony was of short duration"; "he complained about the length of time required"

  3. lengthnoun

    the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end

    "the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"

  4. distance, lengthnoun

    size of the gap between two places

    "the distance from New York to Chicago"; "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"

  5. lengthnoun

    a section of something that is long and narrow

    "a length of timber"; "a length of tubing"


  1. lengthnoun

    The measurement of distance along the longest dimension of an object.

  2. lengthnoun


  3. lengthnoun

    The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.

  4. lengthnoun

    Distance between the two ends of a line segment.

  5. lengthnoun

    The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.

  6. lengthnoun

    total extent

    The length of a book

  7. lengthnoun

    part of something that's long, a physical piece of something

    A length of rope

  8. Etymology: lengþu

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lengthnoun

    Etymology: from leng , Saxon.

    There is in Ticinum a church that is in length one hundred feet, in breadth twenty, and in heighth near fifty: it reporteth the voice twelve or thirteen times. Francis Bacon.

    Mezentius rushes on his foes,
    And first unhappy Acron overthrows;
    Stretch’d at his length he spurns the swarthy ground. Dryd.

    Large lengths of seas and shores
    Between my father and my mother lay. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    To get from th’ enemy, and Ralph, free;
    Lest danger, fears, and foes, behind,
    And beat, at least three lengths, the wind. Hudibras.

    Time glides along with undiscover’d haste,
    The future but a length beyond the past. John Dryden, Ovid.

    What length of lands, what oceans have you pass’d,
    What storms sustain’d, and on what shores been cast? Dryd.

    Having thus got the idea of duration, the next thing is to get some measure of this common duration, whereby to judge of its different lengths. John Locke.

    May heav’n, great monarch, still augment your bliss
    With length of days, and every day like this. Dryden.

    Such toil requir’d the Roman name,
    Such length of labour for so vast a frame. John Dryden, Æn.

    In length of time it will cover the whole plain, and make one mountain with that on which it now stands. Addison.

    I do not recommend to all a pursuit of sciences, to those extensive lengths to which the moderns have advanced them. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind, p. i.

    If Lætitia, who sent me this account, will acquaint me with the worthy gentleman’s name; I will insert it at length in one of my papers. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 40.

    He had marched to the length of Exeter, which he had some thought of besieging. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Churches purged of things burdensome, all was brought at the length unto that wherein now we stand. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    A crooked stick is not straitened unless it be bent as far on the clear contrary side, that so it may settle itself at the length in a middle state of evenness between them both. Richard Hooker.

    At length, at length, I have thee in my arms,
    Though our malevolent stars have struggled hard,
    And held us long asunder. John Dryden, King Arthur.


  1. length

    Length is a measurement of the extent of an object or a specific distance from one point to another in one dimension such as height, width, or depth. It is usually measured in units such as meters, feet, or inches. Length can also refer to the duration or extent of time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lengthadjective

    the longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line

  2. Lengthadjective

    a portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; -- often in the plural

  3. Lengthadjective

    the quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of the sermon, and the length of his walk

  4. Lengthadjective

    a single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a length of pipe; a length of fence

  5. Lengthadjective

    detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length

  6. Lengthadjective


  7. Lengthverb

    to lengthen

  8. Etymology: [OE. lengthe, AS. leng, fr. lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. lngde, Sw. lngd, Icel. lengd. See Long, a. ]


  1. Length

    In geometric measurements, length is the longest dimension of an object. In other contexts "length" is the measured dimension of an object. For example it is possible to cut a length of a wire which is shorter than wire thickness. Length may be distinguished from height, which is vertical extent, and width or breadth, which are the distance from side to side, measuring across the object at right angles to the length. Length is a measure of one dimension, whereas area is a measure of two dimensions and volume is a measure of three dimensions. In most systems of measurement, the unit of length is a fundamental unit, from which other units are defined.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Length

    length, n. quality of being long: extent from end to end: the longest measure of anything: long continuance: detail: (prosody) time occupied in uttering a vowel or syllable: the quality of a vowel as long or short: any definite portion of a known extent.—v.t. Length′en, to increase in length: to draw out.—v.i. to grow longer.—adv. Length′ily.—n. Length′iness.—adv. Length′wise, in the direction of the length.—adj. Length′y, of great length: rather long—(obs.) Length′ful.—Length of days, prolonged life.—At length, in the full extent: at last; Go great lengths, Go to all lengths, to use extreme efforts; Go to the length of, to proceed as far as. [A.S.,—lang, long.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'length' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1453

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'length' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1808

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'length' in Nouns Frequency: #564

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of length in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of length in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of length in a Sentence

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    I am a person who has stood with Israel from the beginning, and the length of that nation is the length of my life, and I've been with them all along, and I will not answer your question and I'll not listen to another word from you.

  2. Rabindranath Tagore:

    Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

  3. Paul Hochmuth:

    At no point can you ever see a full length view of the person. ... You might see a face ... then a leg ... or a butt ... but there is no full length view.

  4. Thomas Carlyle:

    Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April, winter chilling the lap of very May but at length the season of summer does come.

  5. Alfred Hitchcock:

    The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

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