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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Length  \Length\  (l[e^]ngth),  n.  [OE.  lengthe,  AS  leng[eth],  fr 
  lang,  long,  long;  akin  to  D.  lengte,  Dan.  l[ae]ngde,  Sw 
  l["a]ngd,  Icel.  lengd.  See  {Long},  a.  ] 
  1.  The  longest,  or  longer,  dimension  of  any  object,  in 
  distinction  from  breadth  or  width;  extent  of  anything  from 
  end  to  end  the  longest  line  which  can  be  drawn  through  a 
  body,  parallel  to  its  sides;  as  the  length  of  a  church, 
  or  of  a  ship;  the  length  of  a  rope  or  line 
 
  2.  A  portion  of  space  or  of  time  considered  as  measured  by 
  its  length;  --  often  in  the  plural. 
 
  Large  lengths  of  seas  and  shores.  --Shak. 
 
  The  future  but  a  length  behind  the  past.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  long,  in  space  or  time; 
  extent;  duration;  as  some  sea  birds  are  remarkable  for 
  the  length  of  their  wings;  he  was  tired  by  the  length  of 
  the  sermon,  and  the  length  of  his  walk. 
 
  4.  A  single  piece  or  subdivision  of  a  series,  or  of  a  number 
  of  long  pieces  which  may  be  connected  together;  as  a 
  length  of  pipe;  a  length  of  fence. 
 
  5.  Detail  or  amplification;  unfolding;  continuance  as  to 
  pursue  a  subject  to  a  great  length. 
 
  May  Heaven,  great  monarch,  still  augment  your  bliss 
  With  length  of  days,  and  every  day  like  this 
  --Dryden. 
 
  6.  Distance.[Obs.] 
 
  He  had  marched  to  the  length  of  Exeter.  --Clarendon. 
 
  {At  length}. 
  a  At  or  in  the  full  extent;  without  abbreviation;  as 
  let  the  name  be  inserted  at  length. 
  b  At  the  end  or  conclusion;  after  a  long  period.  See 
  Syn.  of  At  last  under  {Last}. 
 
  {At  arm's  length}.  See  under  {Arm}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Length  \Length\,  v.  t. 
  To  lengthen.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  length 
  n  1:  the  linear  extent  in  space  from  one  end  to  the  other  the 
  longest  horizontal  dimension  of  something  that  is  fixed 
  in  place  "the  length  of  the  table  was  5  feet" 
  2:  continuance  in  time;  "the  ceremony  was  of  short  duration"; 
  "he  complained  about  the  length  of  time  required"  [syn:  {duration}] 
  3:  the  property  of  being  the  extent  of  something  from  beginning 
  to  end  "the  editor  limited  the  length  of  my  article  to 
  500  words" 
  4:  a  measure  of  the  gap  between  two  places;  "the  distance  from 
  New  York  to  Chicago";  "he  determined  the  length  of  the 
  shortest  line  segment  joining  the  two  points"  [syn:  {distance}] 
  5:  a  section  of  something  that  is  long  and  narrow;  "a  length  of 
  timber";  "a  length  of  tubing" 




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