length

noun
1 distance from one end to the other
ADJECTIVE
entire, full, maximum, whole

There is a maximum length of 2 500 words.

A long veranda runs the whole length of the building.

great

a ditch of great length and width

medium
overall, total
average
VERB + LENGTH
estimate, measure

He measured the length and width of the table.

have

The vehicle has an overall length of 12 feet.

grow to, reach

These fish can reach a length of over five feet.

double in, increase in
cut sth to

Measure the size of the window and cut the cloth to length.

drive, extend, run, swim, travel, walk, etc.

The fence runs the length of the footpath.

PREPOSITION
along the length of

There were lights along the whole length of the street.

in length

The pipe was six feet in length.

PHRASES
at arm's length

He has to hold newspapers at arm's length to focus on the print.

She kept him at arm's length until he stopped smoking. (figurative)

double, twice, three times, half, etc. the length of sth

The queen bee is twice the length of a worker bee.

2 amount of time that sth lasts
ADJECTIVE
considerable, great, inordinate
reasonable
VERB + LENGTH
cut, reduce, shorten
increase
LENGTH + VERB
increase
decrease
PREPOSITION
at length

He told me at length about his new job.

in length

Each lesson was an hour in length.

PHRASES
length of time

They complained about the inordinate length of time they had to wait.

3 length of a swimming pool
VERB + LENGTH
do (esp. BrE), swim

I did 20 lengths today.


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  • length´i|ly — length|y «LEHNGK thee, LEHNG », adjective, length|i|er, length|i|est. 1. a) having unusually great length; long. b) (of speeches, a speaker, a writer, or the like) too long; long winded; tedious: »His directions were so le …   Useful english dictionary

  • length|y — «LEHNGK thee, LEHNG », adjective, length|i|er, length|i|est. 1. a) having unusually great length; long. b) (of speeches, a speaker, a writer, or the like) too long; long winded; tedious: »His directions were so le …   Useful english dictionary

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  • -length — [leŋkth, leŋth] combining form forming adjectives of a (specified) length, of such length as to reach a (specified) point or part [full length] * * * …   Universalium

  • -length — [leŋkth, leŋth] combining form forming adjectives of a (specified) length, of such length as to reach a (specified) point or part [full length] …   English World dictionary

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