Definition of length
What does the word length mean?
part of speech: noun
Thing\'s measurement from end to end, greatest of body\'s three dimensions (know l. of person\'s FOOT); extent in, of, or with regard to, time (a stay of some l.; the l. of a book, speech, &c.); distance thing extends (at arm\'s l., as far a way as an arm can reach; keep one at arm\'s l., avoid intimacy with him; ships a cable\'s l. apart; horse, boat, wins by three &c. ll., i.e. of itself); (with go) degree of thoroughness in action (prepared to go all ll., went to great ll., will not go the l. of asserting); (Pros.) vowel\'s or syllable\'s quantity; (Cricket) distance from wicket at which ball pitches (bowler keeps a good l.; l. or good-l. ball, that pitches at right l.); long stretch or extent; piece of cloth &c. of certain l.; at l., in detail or without curtailment (also at full, great, some, l.) at last or after a long time; at full l. (see above; also) lying with body fully extended. Hence lengthways adv. lengthwise adv. & a. [old English]