• (RP, GA) enPR lĕng(k)th, IPA: /lɛŋ(k)θ/, /lɛn(t)θ/


  1. The distance measured along the longest dimension of an object.
  2. Duration.
    • Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
  3. (horse racing) The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.
  4. (mathematics) Distance between the two ends of a line segment.
  5. (cricket) The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.
  6. (figuratively) Total extent.
    the length of a book
  7. Part of something that is long; a physical piece of something.
    a length of rope
Translations Translations
  • German: Pferdelänge

length (lengths, present participle lengthing; past and past participle lengthed)

  1. (obsolete) To lengthen.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim, XIV. 30:
      Pack night, peep day; good day, of night now borrow: / Short night, to-night, and length thyself to-morrow.
    • , Ladies of Destinie
      Was never man such favour could off atall ladies fynde, To cause them lengthe or shorte the day which they to hym assynde.
    • , The Mirror for Magistrates
      [He] knows full well life doth but length his pain.

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