length /ˈlɛŋ(k)θ, ˈlɛn(t)θ/
1. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.
2. A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; -- often in the plural.
Large lengths of seas and shores. --Shak.
The future but a length behind the past. --Dryden.
3. The quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of the sermon, and the length of his walk.
4. A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a length of pipe; a length of fence.
5. Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length.
May Heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss
With length of days, and every day like this. --Dryden.
6. Distance. [Obs.]
He had marched to the length of Exeter. --Clarendon.
At length. (a) At or in the full extent; without abbreviation; as, let the name be inserted at length. (b) At the end or conclusion; after a long period. See Syn. of At last, under Last.
At arm's length. See under Arm.
Length, v. t. To lengthen. [Obs.]
n 1: 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"
2: continuance in time; "the ceremony was of short duration";
"he complained about the length of time required" [syn: duration]
3: the property of being the extent of something from beginning
to end; "the editor limited the length of my article to
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" [syn: distance]
5: a section of something that is long and narrow; "a length of
timber"; "a length of tubing"