length: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (lengkth, length, lenth), [key]
- the longest extent of anything as measured from end to end: the length of a river.
- the measure of the greatest dimension of a plane or solid figure.
- extent from beginning to end of a series, enumeration, account, book, etc.: a report running 300 pages in length.
- extent in time; duration: the length of a battle.
- a distance determined by the extent of something specified: Hold the picture at arm's length.
- a piece or portion of a certain or a known extent: a length of rope.
- the quality or state of being long rather than short: a journey remarkable for its length.
- the extent to which a person might or would go in pursuing something: He went to great lengths to get what he wanted.
- a large extent or expanse of something.
- the measure from end to end of a horse, boat, etc., as a unit of distance in racing: The horse won by two lengths.
- the extent of a garment related to a point it reaches, as on the wearer's body, the floor, or on a garment used as a standard of measurement (usually used in combination): an ankle-length gown; a floor-length negligee; a three-quarter-length coat.
- (of a vowel or syllable) quantity, whether long or short.
- the quality of vowels.
- the possession of four or more than four cards in a given suit.
- 42 lines of an acting part.
- At length there was a step forward in the negotiations.
- in or to the full extent; completely.
- after a time; finally:At length there was a step forward in the negotiations.
- to disregard any impediment that could prevent one from accomplishing one's purpose: He would go to any lengths to get his own way.
- See (def. 16).
- length (Thesaurus)