length


length
length [ leŋθ ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount a measurement of how long something is in size:
Cut the cloth to the required length.
This beautiful bird is small, with a total length of about three inches.
The length of your swimming pool is not important.
of equal/unequal length: Use two planks of unequal length.
in length: The boat was 16 feet in length.
a ) a measurement of how long something is in time:
The length of your talk must be at least 10 minutes.
The average length of stay in hospital is three days.
length of time: You can adjust the length of time that the light remains on.
for any length of time (=for a long period of time): When standing for any length of time, remember to flex your knees.
b ) a measurement of how big a book or piece of writing is:
His latest novel is twice the length of his previous one.
2. ) count usually singular the distance from one end of something to the other:
Carter ran half the length of the pitch to score a brilliant goal.
along something's length: The pier was lit up along its entire length.
run the length of something (=go from one end to the other): A proposed tourist trail will run the length of the river.
a ) the distance from one end of a swimming pool to the other. The distance from one side of a swimming pool to the other is a width.
3. ) count a piece of something that is long and thin:
a length of pipe/rope/string
4. ) count a measure of how far one car, horse, etc. is in front of another in a race, usually equal to the length of one car, horse, etc.:
He still managed to finish seven lengths ahead of the rest.
at length LITERARY
after a long time:
At length, the day came on which we were to leave.
at (great/some) length
for a long time and with a lot of detail:
Austin was questioned at length by detectives.
The matter will be discussed at greater length this evening.
go to great/extreme/any etc. lengths
to try in a very determined or unreasonable way to achieve something:
They have gone to great lengths to make us feel welcome.
The lengths that some people will go to (=the extreme things they will do) to get a ticket!
the length and breadth of something
in every part of a large area:
We've searched the length and breadth of the country for an appropriate location.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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