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English definition of “length”

length

noun     /leŋθ/
DISTANCE [C, U] B1 the measurement or distance of something from one end to the other: The carpet is over three metres in length. The length of the bay is roughly 200 miles . The village is so small that its entire length could be walked in 15 minutes . Measurements in generalMeasurements of length and distance
TIME [C, U] B1 the amount of time something takes : the length of a film / play / speech Sitting still for any length of time is quite hard for most children .Measurements in generalPeriods of time - general words
WRITING [C, U] the amount of writing in a book or document : He's written books of various lengths on the subject . All of your essays will be about the same length.Measurements in general
at length If you talk about something at length, you talk for a long time : We discussed both topics at length.Long periods of timeIn the future and soon
PIECE [C] a long piece of something: a length of cloth / cord / rope Words meaning small pieces and amounts
(Definition of length noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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