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length

 (lĕngkth, lĕngth, lĕnth)
n.
1. The state, quality, or fact of being long. See Usage Note at strength.
2. The measurement of the extent of something along its greatest dimension: the length of the boat.
3. A piece, often of a standard size, that is normally measured along its greatest dimension: a length of cloth.
4. A measure used as a unit to estimate distances: won the race by a length.
5. Extent or distance from beginning to end: the length of a novel; the length of a journey.
6. The amount of time between specified moments; the duration: the length of a meeting.
7. often lengths Extent or degree to which an action or policy is carried: went to great lengths to prove his point.
8. Linguistics
a. The duration of a vowel.
b. The duration of a syllable.
9. The vertical extent of a garment. Often used in combination: knee-length; floor-length.
Idiom:
at length
1. After some time; eventually: At length we arrived at our destination.
2. For a considerable time; fully: spoke at length about the court ruling.

[Middle English, from Old English lengthu; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

length

(lɛŋkθ; lɛŋθ)
n
1. the linear extent or measurement of something from end to end, usually being the longest dimension or, for something fixed, the longest horizontal dimension
2. the extent of something from beginning to end, measured in some more or less regular units or intervals: the book was 600 pages in length.
3. a specified distance, esp between two positions or locations: the length of a race.
4. a period of time, as between specified limits or moments
5. something of a specified, average, or known size or extent measured in one dimension, often used as a unit of measurement: a length of cloth.
6. a piece or section of something narrow and long: a length of tubing.
7. the quality, state, or fact of being long rather than short
8. (usually plural) the amount of trouble taken in pursuing or achieving something (esp in the phrase to great lengths)
9. (often plural) the extreme or limit of action (in phrases such as to any length(s), to what length(s) would someone go, etc)
10. (Poetry) prosody phonetics the metrical quantity or temporal duration of a vowel or syllable
11. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) the distance from one end of a rectangular swimming bath to the other. Compare width4
12. (Poetry) prosody the quality of a vowel, whether stressed or unstressed, that distinguishes it from another vowel of similar articulatory characteristics. Thus (iː) in English beat is of greater length than (ɪ) in English bit
13. (Cricket) cricket the distance from the batsman at which the ball pitches
14. (Bridge) bridge a holding of four or more cards in a suit
15. informal NZ the general idea; the main purpose
16. at length
a. in depth; fully
b. eventually
c. for a long time; interminably
[Old English lengthu; related to Middle Dutch lengede, Old Norse lengd]

length

(lɛŋkθ, lɛŋθ, lɛnθ)

n.
1. the longest extent of anything as measured from end to end: the length of a river.
2. the measure of the greatest dimension of a plane or solid figure.
3. extent from beginning to end of a series, enumeration, account, book, etc.: a report 300 pages in length.
4. extent in time; duration: the length of a visit.
5. a distance determined by the extent of something specified: Hold the picture at arm's length.
6. a piece or portion of a certain or a known extent: a length of rope.
7. the quality or state of being long rather than short: a journey remarkable for its length.
8. Usu., lengths. the extent to which a desired end is pursued: to go to great lengths to get what one wants.
9. a large extent or expanse of something.
10. the measure from end to end of a horse, boat, etc., as a unit of distance in racing: The horse won by two lengths.
11. the extent of a garment related to a point it reaches on the wearer's body or on a garment used as a standard of measurement (usu. used in combination): an ankle-length gown; a three-quarter-length coat.
12. the relative duration of time involved in pronouncing a sound, esp. a vowel, or syllable; quantity.
Idioms:
1. at length,
a. after a considerable time; finally.
b. fully; in detail.
2. go to any length(s), to do anything required to accomplish one's purpose.
[before 900; Middle English length(e), Old English lengthu, c. Dutch lengte, Old Norse lengd. See long1, -th1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.length - the linear extent in space from one end to the otherlength - 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"
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
circumference - the length of the closed curve of a circle
diam, diameter - the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference
radius, r - the length of a line segment between the center and circumference of a circle or sphere
longness - the property of being of long spatial extent; "one gene causes shortness and the other causes longness"
shortness - the property of being of short spatial extent; "the shortness of the Channel crossing"
fundamental measure, fundamental quantity - one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement
2.length - continuance in time; "the ceremony was of short duration"; "he complained about the length of time required"
temporal property - a property relating to time
longness - duration as an extension
protraction, lengthiness, prolongation, continuation - the consequence of being lengthened in duration
endlessness - the property of being (or seeming to be) without end
shortness - the property of being of short temporal extent; "the shortness of air travel time"
brevity, briefness, transience - the attribute of being brief or fleeting
permanence, permanency - the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration
impermanence, impermanency - the property of not existing for indefinitely long durations
3.length - the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end; "the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"
extent - the distance or area or volume over which something extends; "the vast extent of the desert"; "an orchard of considerable extent"
4.length - 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"
leg - (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
size - the physical magnitude of something (how big it is); "a wolf is about the size of a large dog"
arm's length - a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy
gauge - the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
light time - distance measured in terms of the speed of light (or radio waves); "the light time from Jupiter to the sun is approximately 43 minutes"
skip distance - the shortest distance that permits radio signals (of a given frequency) to travel from the transmitter to the receiver by reflection from the ionosphere
wingspan, wingspread - linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil
wingspread - distance between the tips of the wings (as of a bird or insect) when fully extended
altitude - the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)
5.length - a section of something that is long and narrow; "a length of timber"; "a length of tubing"
segment, section - one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object; "a section of a fishing rod"; "metal sections were used below ground"; "finished the final segment of the road"

length

noun
1. distance, reach, measure, extent, span, longitude It is about a metre in length.
2. duration, term, period, space, stretch, span, expanse His film is over two hours in length.
3. piece, measure, section, segment, portion a 30ft length of rope
4. lengthiness, extent, elongation, wordiness, verbosity, prolixity, long-windedness, extensiveness, protractedness I hope the length of this letter will make up for my not having written earlier.
at length
5. at last, finally, eventually, in time, in the end, at long last At length, my father went into the house.
6. for a long time, completely, fully, thoroughly, for hours, in detail, for ages, in depth, to the full, exhaustively, interminably They spoke at length, reviewing the entire incident.

length

noun
1. The measure of how far or long something goes in space, time, or degree:
2. An extent, measured or unmeasured, of linear space:
Informal: piece, way.
3. The ultimate point to which an action, thought, discussion, or policy is carried:
Translations
طولطُولٌوِحْدَة قِياس
дължина
longitud
délkakus
længdestykke
longecolongo
pikkus
طول
pituus
dužinaduljina
hosszhosszúság
longitude
bujurpanjang
lengdtiltekin lengd af e-uhestslengd, bátslengd
長さ全長
길이
longitudo
ilgisilgumasišsamiaiištęstasnesiskaityti su priemonėmis
garumsilgumsatgriezumsgabals
lungime
dĺžka
dolžinatrajanje
дужина
längd
urefu
ความยาวมาตราวัดความยาว
довжина
لمبائی
chiều dài

length

[leŋ(k)θ]
A. N
1. (= size) → largo m, longitud f
what is its length?; what length is it?¿cuánto tiene or mide de largo?
two pieces of cable of roughly equal or the same lengthdos trozos mpl de cable de aproximadamente el mismo largo or la misma longitud
the tail was at least twice the length of the bodyel rabo medía por lo menos el doble que el cuerpo
his trousers were never the right length for himlos pantalones nunca le quedaban bien de largo
it was two metres in lengthtenía or medía dos metros de largo
they range in length from three to six metressu longitud varía entre los tres y los seis metros
they vary in lengthson de diferentes medidas
see also measure B1
2. (= extent)
2.1. [of street, river, house] the room runs the length of the housela habitación tiene el largo de la casa
he walked the length of the beachrecorrió toda la orilla de la playa
I walked the entire length of the streetrecorrí la calle de una punta a la otra
I have travelled the length and breadth of the countryhe viajado a lo largo y ancho del país, he viajado por todo el país
see also arm 1 1
2.2. [of book, letter, essay] → extensión f
an essay 4,000 words in lengthun ensayo de 4.000 palabras (de extensión)
2.3. to go to great lengths to do sthesforzarse mucho para hacer algo
I'd go to any length(s) to protect herharía cualquier cosa por protegerla
they went to extraordinary lengths to keep their relationship secretllegaron a extremos insospechables para mantener su relación en secreto
3. (= duration) → duración f
a concert two hours in lengthun concierto de dos horas de duración
length of serviceantigüedad f, años mpl de servicio
we must reduce the length of time patients have to waittenemos que reducir el tiempo de espera de los pacientes
you couldn't keep that effort up for any length of timeun esfuerzo así no se puede mantener (durante) mucho tiempo
if you were outside for any length of time you'd freeze to deathsi te quedases en la calle más de un cierto tiempo, morirías congelado
4.
at length (= finally) → finalmente, por fin; (= in detail) [discuss] → detenidamente; [explain] → con mucho detalle; [write] → extensamente; (= for a long time) → largo y tendido
she spoke at (some) lengthhabló largo y tendido
he would quote Shakespeare at great lengthse recreaba dando interminables citas de Shakespeare
5. (= piece) [of rope, wire, tubing] → trozo m, pedazo m; [of cloth] → largo m, corte m; [of track, road] → tramo m
dress lengthlargo m para vestido
6. [of vowel, syllable] → duración f, cantidad f (Tech)
7. (Sport) (in horse races) → cuerpo m; (in rowing) → largo m; [of pool] → largo m
to win by half a length/four lengthsganar por medio cuerpo/cuatro cuerpos
B. CPD length mark N (Ling) → signo m de vocal larga

length

[ˈlɛŋθ]
n
(= dimension) [object, animal] → longueur f
I noticed the length of her fingers → Je remarquais la longueur de ses doigts.
It grows to a length of three or four metres → Il atteint une hauteur de trois ou quatre mètres.
They travelled the length of the island
BUT Ils ont voyagé d'un bout à l'autre de l'île.
what length is it? → quelle longueur ça fait?
it is 2 metres in length → cela fait 2 mètres de long
(= duration) [film, book, article] → longueur f; [file] → taille f
length of time → temps m
the length of time it takes to train hospital staff → le temps que cela prend de former du personnel hospitalier
the length of time it took to complete the investigation → le temps qu'a pris l'enquête avant d'être bouclée
for any length of time
He hated to be away from her for any length of time → Il détestait se retrouver loin d'elle, ne fût-ce que pendant une courte période.
To be unemployed for any length of time can force a person to re-evaluate his life → Être au chômage, ne serait-ce que pendant une courte période, peut forcer une personne à réévaluer sa vie. full-length
(= section) [road, pipe, rope] → tronçon m
(in swimming pool)longueur f
to swim 10 lengths → nager dix longueurs
(in race)longueur f
to win by 2 lengths → gagner de deux longueurs
at length (= at last) → enfin, à la fin
"What kind of thing?" asked Basson at length
BUT "Quel genre de chose ?" demanda Basson après un long silence.
At length he went into the house
BUT Il finit par entrer dans la maison.
at length (= lengthily) → longuement
They spoke at length → Ils ont parlé longuement.
lengths npl (= measures) to go to any lengths to do sth → faire n'importe quoi pour faire qch, ne reculer devant rien pour faire qch
to go to great lengths to do sth → déployer beaucoup d'efforts pour faire qch

length

n
Länge f; a journey of considerable lengtheine ziemlich lange or weite Reise; to be 4 feet in length4 Fuß lang sein; what length is it?wie lang ist es?; what length do you want it?wie lang hätten Sie es gerne?; of such lengthso lang; the river, for most of its length, meanders through meadowsder Fluss schlängelt sich in seinem Verlauf größtenteils durch Wiesen; the pipe, for most of its length, …fast das ganze Rohr; along the whole length of the river/laneden ganzen Fluss/Weg entlang; it turns in its own lengthes kann sich um die eigene Achse drehen; (through) the length and breadth of Englandin ganz England; travelkreuz und quer durch ganz England; the length of skirtsdie Rocklänge; at full lengthin voller Länge
(= section, of cloth, rope, pipe) → Stück nt; (of wallpaper)Bahn f; (of road)Abschnitt m; (of pool)Bahn f, → Länge f
(of time)Dauer f; (= great length)lange Dauer; at such lengthso lange; we didn’t stay any (great) length of timewir sind nicht lange geblieben; the length of time neededdie Zeit, die man dazu braucht; in that length of time I could have …in dieser Zeit hätte ich …; for any length of timefür längere Zeit; for what length of time?für wie lange?; length of life (of people)Lebenserwartung f; (of animals)Lebensalter nt; (of machine)Lebensdauer f; length of service with a companyBetriebszugehörigkeit f; length of service with the armyDienstjahre plbei der Armee; at length (= finally)schließlich; (= for a long time)lange, ausführlich, lang und breit (pej)
(Phon, Poet, Sport) → Länge f; to win by half a lengthmit einer halben Länge siegen
to go to any lengths to do somethingvor nichts zurückschrecken, um etw zu tun; to go to great lengths to do somethingsich (dat)sehr viel Mühe geben or alles Mögliche versuchen, um etw zu tun; to go to the length of …so weit gehen, dass …

length

[lɛŋθ] n
a. (size, extent) → lunghezza; (duration) → durata
it is 2 metres in length → è lungo 2 metri
what is its length?, what length is it? → quant'è lungo?
throughout the length and breadth of Italy → in tutta Italia
to fall full length → cadere lungo/a disteso/a
length of time → periodo (di tempo)
for what length of time? → per quanto tempo?
1000 words in length → di 1000 parole
their team won the boat race by 2 lengths (Sport) → la loro squadra ha vinto la gara di canottaggio per 2 lunghezze
at length (at last) → finalmente (lengthily) → a lungo
to speak at length → dilungarsi, parlare a lungo
I even went to the length of sending her flowers → sono perfino arrivato al punto di mandarle i fiori
to go to any lengths to do sth → fare qualsiasi cosa pur di or per fare qc
she went to great lengths to make sure that ... → fece di tutto per assicurarsi che...
b. (piece, of road, pipe) → pezzo, tratto; (material) → taglio, altezza
a dress/skirt length → un taglio per vestito/gonna

length

(leŋθ) noun
1. the distance from one end to the other of an object, period of time etc. What is the length of your car?; Please note down the length of time it takes you to do this.
2. a piece of something, especially cloth. I bought a (3–metre) length of silk.
3. in racing, the measurement from end to end of a horse, boat etc. He won by a length; The other boat is several lengths in front.
ˈlengthen verb
to make or become longer. I'll have to lengthen this skirt; The days are lengthening now that the spring has come.
ˈlengthways/ˈlengthwise adverb
in the direction of the length. She folded the towels lengthways.
ˈlengthy adjective
of great, often too great, length. This essay is interesting but lengthy.
at length
1. in detail; taking a long time. She told us at length about her accident.
2. at last. At length the walkers arrived home.
go to any lengths
to do anything, no matter how extreme, dishonest, wicked etc, to achieve a particular aim. She'd go to any lengths to get herself promoted.

length

طُولٌ délka længde Länge μήκος longitud pituus longueur dužina lunghezza 長さ 길이 lengte lengde długość comprimento длина längd ความยาว uzunluk chiều dài 长度

length

n. longitud, largo; extensión, distancia;
___ of timeperíodo de tiempo;
___ of stay [in a hospital]tiempo de internamiento.

length

n longitud f, largo
References in classic literature ?
Much against her will, Jo at length consented to sacrifice a day to Mrs.
Perhaps Skinner Leason, the express agent, moved a truck the length of the station plat- form.
Surely you don't mean it, Tom Swift," gasped Professor Bumper at length.
I saw his coils tighten--now he would spring, spring his length, I remembered.
She turned back into the room and began to walk to and fro down its whole length, without stopping, without resting.
At length the sun set in a flood of glory, behind the distant western hills, and as darkness drew its veil around the secluded spot the sounds of preparation diminished; the last light finally disappeared from the log cabin of some officer; the trees cast their deeper shadows over the mounds and the rippling stream, and a silence soon pervaded the camp, as deep as that which reigned in the vast forest by which it was environed.
east direction, are of a great length and breadth, and not far distant from each other.
The huge gilt plate-glass mirror which had hung behind the bar still occupied one side of the room, but its length was artfully divided by an enormous rosette of red, white, and blue muslin--one of the surviving Fourth of July decorations of Thompson's saloon.
At last, after creeping, as it were, for such a length of time along the utmost verge of the opaque puddle of obscurity, they had taken that downright plunge which, sooner or later, is the destiny of all families, whether princely or plebeian.
It will have been seen that the Heidelburgh Tun of the Sperm Whale embraces the entire length of the entire top of the head; and since --as has been elsewhere set forth --the head embraces one third of the whole length of the creature, then setting that length down at eighty feet for a good sized whale, you have more than twenty-six feet for the depth of the tun, when it is lengthwise hoisted up and down against a ship's side.
At length she could control herself no longer, so she sent a trusty servant to her old and faithful friend the Fairy of the Mountain, to beg her to devise some means by which she might get rid of her stepson.
On this coast we landed, with an intention of travelling on foot to Jubo, a journey of much greater length and difficulty than we imagined.