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Definition 1: a section of something that is long and narrow - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where length or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a length of timber
  • a length of tubing

(length is a kind of ...) one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

"a section of a fishing rod" "metal sections were used below ground" "finished the final segment of the road"

Definition 2: the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where length or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the length of the table was 5 feet

(length is a kind of ...) any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions

(length is a kind of ...) the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)

(length is a kind of ...) one of the four quantities that are the basis of systems of measurement

(... is a kind of length ) the property of being of short spatial extent

"the shortness of the Channel crossing"

(... is a kind of length ) the property of being of long spatial extent

"one gene causes shortness and the other causes longness"

(... is a kind of length ) the length of a line segment between the center and circumference of a circle or sphere

(... is a kind of length ) the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference

(... is a kind of length ) the length of the closed curve of a circle

(... are attributes of length) primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified

"a long road" "a long distance" "contained many long words" "ten miles long"

(... are attributes of length) (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length

"short skirts" "short hair" "the board was a foot short" "a short toss"

Definition 3: continuance in time - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where length or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the ceremony was of short duration
  • he complained about the length of time required

Synonyms for length in the sense of this definition

(length is a kind of ...) a property relating to time

(... is a kind of length ) the property of not existing for indefinitely long durations

(... is a kind of length ) the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration

(... is a kind of length ) the attribute of being brief or fleeting

(... is a kind of length ) the property of being of short temporal extent

"the shortness of air travel time"

(... is a kind of length ) the property of being (or seeming to be) without end

(... is a kind of length ) the consequence of being lengthened in duration

(... is a kind of length ) duration as an extension

(... are attributes of length) primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified

"a long life" "a long boring speech" "a long time" "a long friendship" "a long game" "long ago" "an hour long"

(... are attributes of length) primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration

"a short life" "a short flight" "a short holiday" "a short story" "only a few short months"

Definition 4: the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where length or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words

(length is a kind of ...) the distance or area or volume over which something extends

"the vast extent of the desert" "an orchard of considerable extent"

Definition 5: size of the gap between two places - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where length or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the distance from New York to Chicago
  • he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points

Synonyms for length in the sense of this definition

(length is a kind of ...) the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)

"a wolf is about the size of a large dog"

(... is a kind of length ) (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack

(... is a kind of length ) a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy

(... is a kind of length ) the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

(... is a kind of length ) distance measured in terms of the speed of light (or radio waves)

"the light time from Jupiter to the sun is approximately 43 minutes"

(... is a kind of length ) the shortest distance that permits radio signals (of a given frequency) to travel from the transmitter to the receiver by reflection from the ionosphere

(... is a kind of length ) linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil

(... is a kind of length ) distance between the tips of the wings (as of a bird or insect) when fully extended

(... is a kind of length ) the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)

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