length

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Etymology[edit]

Old English lengþu

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Noun[edit]

length (plural lengths)

  1. The measurement of distance along the longest dimension of an object.
  2. duration
    • Robert Frost
      Happiness 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's long, a physical piece of something
    A length of rope

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Verb[edit]

length (third-person singular simple present lengths, present participle lengthing, simple past and past participle lengthed)

  1. (obsolete) To lengthen.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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