Meaning of “width” in the English Dictionary

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"width" in British English

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widthnoun

uk /wɪtθ/ /wɪdθ/ us /wɪtθ/ /wɪdθ/

B2 [ C or U ] the distance across something from one side to the other:

It is five metres in width.
The needle is seven times smaller than the width of a human hair.
The material is available in various widths.
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[ C ] the distance across a swimming pool from one side to the other:

I managed to swim two widths underwater.

More examples

  • The area of a rectangle is its height times its width.
  • We need to measure the width of the wood.
  • The wood comes in many different widths.
  • The width of the river at this point is quite amazing.
  • How can you measure the width of these tiny wires?

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

"width" in American English

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widthnoun [ C/U ]

us /wɪtθ, wɪdθ/

the distance across something from one side to the other:

[ C ] The shoes are available in three widths.

(Definition of “width” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)