• Length


    • enPR: lĕngth, IPA: /lɛŋkθ, lɛŋθ, lɛnθ/
    • US enPR: lĕnth, IPA: /lɛnθ, leɪŋθ/


    Old English lengþu

    Full definition of length



    (plural lengths)
    1. The measurement of distance along the longest dimension of an object.
    2. duration
      • Robert FrostHappiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
    3. (horse racing) The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.
    4. (mathematics) Distance between the two ends of a line segment.
    5. (cricket) The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.
    6. (figuratively) Total extent.the length of a book
    7. Part of something that is long; a physical piece of something.a length of rope


    1. (obsolete) To lengthen.
      • 1599, William Shakespeare, , XIV. 30:Pack night, peep day; good day, of night now borrow:
        Short night, to-night, and length thyself to-morrow.
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