1. the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place;

- Example: "the length of the table was 5 feet"

2. continuance in time;

- Example: "the ceremony was of short duration"

- Example: "he complained about the length of time required"

[syn: duration,

3. the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end;

- Example: "the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"

4. size of the gap between two places;

- Example: "the distance from New York to Chicago"

- Example: "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;

- Example: "a length of timber"

- Example: "a length of tubing"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Length \Length\ (l[e^]ngth), n. [OE. lengthe, AS. leng[eth], fr. lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. l[ae]ngde, Sw. l[aum]ngd, Icel. lengd. See Long, a. ] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; -- often in the plural. [1913 Webster] Large lengths of seas and shores. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The future but a length behind the past. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length. [1913 Webster] May Heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss With length of days, and every day like this. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 6. Distance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He had marched to the length of Exeter. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Length \Length\, v. t. To lengthen. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

length n 1: the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest 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, length] 3: the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end; "the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words" 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, length] 5: a section of something that is long and narrow; "a length of timber"; "a length of tubing"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

80 Moby Thesaurus words for "length": aesthetic distance, amplitude, area, at full length, at length, at long last, bigness, body, breadth, bulk, caliber, clearance, compass, completely, coverage, deep space, depth, depths of space, diameter, dimension, dimensions, distance, divergence, duration, eventually, exhaustively, expanse, expansion, extension, extensively, extent, farness, finally, fully, gauge, girth, greatness, height, in detail, infinity, interminably, largeness, leeway, light-years, magnitude, margin, mass, measure, measurement, mileage, orbit, panorama, parsecs, period, perspective, piece, proportion, proportions, purview, radius, range, reach, realm, remoteness, scale, scope, separation, size, space, span, spread, stretch, stride, term, thoroughly, ultimately, volume, way, ways, width