noun (plural lengths) Etymology: Middle English lengthe, from Old English lengthu, from lang long Date: before 12th century 1. a. the longer or longest dimension of an object b. a measured distance or dimension <
10 feet in length
— see metric system table, weight table c. the quality or state of being long 2. a. duration or extent in time b. relative duration or stress of a sound 3. a. distance or extent in space b. the length of something taken as a unit of measure <
his horse led by a length
4. the degree to which something (as a course of action or a line of thought) is carried — often used in plural <
went to great lengths to learn the truth
5. a. a long expanse or stretch b. a piece constituting or usable as part of a whole or of a connected series ; section <
a length of pipe
6. the longer or vertical dimension of a piece of clothing — often used in combination <
elbow-length sleeves

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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