What is length?

  • (noun): Size of the gap between two places.
    Example: "He determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
    Synonyms: distance
    See also — Additional definitions below


In geometric measurements, length most commonly refers to the longest dimension of an object.

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Some articles on length:

Tongue - Length
... The average length of the human tongue from the oropharynx to the tip is 10 cm (4 in). ...
Length - Units
... and engineering, when one speaks of "units of length", the word "length" is synonymous with "distance" ... There are several units that are used to measure length ... Units of length may be based on lengths of human body parts, the distance travelled in a number of paces, the distance between landmarks or places on the Earth, or arbitrarily on the length of some ...

More definitions of "length":

  • (noun): Continuance in time.
    Example: "He complained about the length of time required"
    Synonyms: duration
  • (noun): The linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest horizontal dimension of something that is fixed in place.
    Example: "The length of the table was 5 feet"
  • (noun): A section of something that is long and narrow.
    Example: "A length of timber"; "a length of tubing"
  • (noun): The property of being the extent of something from beginning to end.
    Example: "The editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"

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