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(1)   A section of something that is long and narrow
"A length of timber"
"A length of tubing"
(2)   Continuance in time
"The ceremony was of short duration"
"He complained about the length of time required"
(3)   The linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest horizontal dimension of something that is fixed in place
"The length of the table was 5 feet"
(4)   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)   The property of being the extent of something from beginning to end
"The editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"


  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. The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.
  4. Distance between the two ends of a line segment.
  5. The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.
  6. : total extent
    The length of a book
  7. part of something that's long, a physical piece of something
    A length of rope