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Meaning of “length” in the English Dictionary

"length" in British English

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lengthnoun

uk   us   /leŋθ/
  • length noun (DISTANCE)

B1 [C or U] the ​measurement of something from end to end or along ​itslongestside: The ​boat is ten ​metres in length. The length of the ​bay is ​approximately 200 ​miles. She ​plantedrosebushes (along) the length of the ​fence (= the ​wholedistance along it). [C] a ​piece of something such as ​string or ​pipe: a length of ​rope [C] a ​unit used in ​describing the ​distance by which a ​horse or ​boatwins a ​race, ​equal to the ​measurement from one end of the ​horse or ​boat to the other: We ​won by two lengths. [C] the ​distance from one end of a ​swimmingpool to the other: She ​swims 40 lengths a ​day.

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  • length noun (TIME)

B2 [C] the ​amount of ​time something ​lasts: the length of a ​film/​speech/​play He is ​unable to ​concentrate on his ​work for any length of ​time (= for anything more than a ​shorttime).C1 [C or U] the ​amount of writing in a ​book or ​document: He's written ​books of ​various lengths on the ​subject. All of ​youressays will be about the same length.at length C2 for a ​longtime: George went on at great length about his ​variousillnesses. formal If something ​happens at length, it ​happens after a ​longperiod of ​time: At length, the ​authoritiesallowed her to go ​home.

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(Definition of length from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lengthnoun

 us   /leŋkθ, leŋθ/
  • length noun (DISTANCE)

[C/U] the ​measurement of something from end to end or along ​itslongestside, or a ​measurement of a ​particularpart of something: [C] a length of ​rope [U] The ​boat is 20 ​feet in length. [C/U] The length of a ​piece of writing, such as a ​book or ​story, is a ​measure of the ​material it ​contains: [U] The length of the ​poem was 30 ​lines.
  • length noun (TIME)

[U] an ​amount of ​time: The ​movie is ​nearly three ​hours in length. George went on about his ​illnesses at ​great/some length (= for a ​longtime).
(Definition of length from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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