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English noun: length

1. length (attribute) the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place

SamplesThe length of the table was 5 feet.

Broader (hypernym)dimension, fundamental measure, fundamental quantity, physical property

Narrower (hyponym)circumference, diam, diameter, longness, r, radius, shortness

Attributelong, short

2. length (attribute) continuance in time

SamplesThe ceremony was of short duration.
He complained about the length of time required.


Broader (hypernym)temporal property

Narrower (hyponym)brevity, briefness, continuation, endlessness, impermanence, impermanency, lengthiness, longness, permanence, permanency, prolongation, protraction, shortness, transience

Attributelong, short

3. length (attribute) the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end

SamplesThe editor limited the length of my article to 500 words.

Broader (hypernym)extent

4. length (attribute) size of the gap between two places

SamplesThe distance from New York to Chicago.
He determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points.


Broader (hypernym)size

Narrower (hyponym)altitude, arm's length, gauge, leg, light time, skip distance, wingspan, wingspread, wingspread

5. length (artifact) a section of something that is long and narrow

SamplesA length of timber.
A length of tubing.

Broader (hypernym)section, segment

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