from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state, quality, or fact of being long. See Usage Note at strength.
- n. The measurement of the extent of something along its greatest dimension: the length of the boat.
- n. A piece, often of a standard size, that is normally measured along its greatest dimension: a length of cloth.
- n. A measure used as a unit to estimate distances: won the race by a length.
- n. Extent or distance from beginning to end: the length of a novel; the length of a journey.
- n. The amount of time between specified moments; the duration: the length of a meeting.
- n. Extent or degree to which an action or policy is carried. Often used in the plural: went to great lengths to prove his point.
- n. Linguistics The duration of a vowel.
- n. Linguistics The duration of a syllable.
- n. The vertical extent of a garment. Often used in combination: knee-length; floor-length.
- idiom at length After some time; eventually: At length we arrived at our destination.
- idiom at length For a considerable time; fully: spoke at length about the court ruling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The measurement of distance along the longest dimension of an object.
- n. duration
- n. The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.
- n. Distance between the two ends of a line segment.
- n. The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.
- n. : total extent
- n. part of something that's long, a physical piece of something
- v. To lengthen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from
breadthor width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides
- n. A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; -- often in the plural.
- n. The quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration
- n. A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together
- n. Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length.
- n. Distance.
- transitive v. To lengthen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The property of being long or extended in a single direction; also, that which is long.
- n. Distance along a line, as measured, for example, upon the circumference of a wheel that rolls over it: as, the length of a road, a river, or the arc of a curve.
- n. The magnitude of the greatest principal axis of a body or figure; one of the dimensions of a body, the others being breadth and thickness. See dimension, 1.
- n. Reach; power of reaching; extent of range: as, the length of one's vision or of a view.
- n. Extent of or in time; duration; continuance: as, the length of a day or a year, or of life; the length of a battle or a performance; a discourse of tedious length.
- n. In orthoëpy and prosody:
- n. The time occupied in uttering a vowel or syllable; quantity.
- n. The quality of a vowel as long or short, according to the conventional distinction of long and short in English pronunciation.
- n. The quality of a syllable as metrically accented or unaccented in modern or accentual poetry. See long, adjective
- n. A piece or portion of the extent of anything in space or time; a part of what is extended or elongated: as, a length of rope; a dress-length; to cut anything into short lengths: often used specifically of a definite portion, of known extent, of the thing spoken of, as of an acting drama (namely, forty or forty-two lines): as, an actor's part of six lengths; won by a length (that is, of the horse, boat, etc., engaged in the contest).
- n. In archery, the distance from the archer to the target he is to shoot at.
- n. After a time; at last; at the end, or at a point of transition: as, at length he came to a spring; at length they were subdued.
- n. To go to the extent of; rise to the pitch or height of: commonly used of inordinate action or speech: as, he went to the length of tearing down his house, of denying his identity, or of sacrificing his own interests.
- To extend; lengthen.
- n. In the brachiopod shell, the distance from the apex of the more projecting valve axially to the anterior margin.
- n. In the pelecypod shell, commonly the greatest distance across the shell fore and aft, but more correctly the distance from the beak obliquely along the crescence-line, or line of most rapid growth.
- n. In cricket: The distance between the bowler's wicket and the spot where the ball pitches: said of a ball bowled.
- n. The proper distance at which a ball bowled should pitch; a good pitch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end
- n. size of the gap between two places
- n. continuance in time
- n. the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place
- n. a section of something that is long and narrow
Middle English, from Old English lengthu; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English lengþu (Wiktionary)