Meaning of “length” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /leŋθ/
Extra Examples
a whale measuring around 60 feet in lengtha swimming pool with a breadth of 10 metres and a length of 50 metresThe sides are of equal length.Drill the holes no deeper than the length of the screws.The wood was about a metre in length.

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.
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.

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.
at length

If you talk about something at length, you talk for a long time:

We discussed both topics at length.

a long piece of something:

a length of cloth/cord/rope

(Definition of “length” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)