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__UK__[leŋθ] /__US____noun__**Word forms "length":**

__singular__length__plural__lengths1)*[*__countable__*/*__uncountable__*]*a measurement of how long something is in sizeCut the cloth to the required length.

This beautiful bird is small, with a total length of about three inches.

of equal/unequal length:The length of your swimming pool is not important.

in length:Use two planks of unequal length.

The boat was 16 feet in length.

a) a measurement of how long something is in timeThe length of your talk must be at least 10 minutes.

length of time:The average length of stay in hospital is three days.

for any length of timeYou can adjust the length of time that the light remains on.

*(= for a long period of time)*:When standing for any length of time, remember to flex your knees.

b) a measurement of how big a book or piece of writing isHis latest novel is twice the length of his previous one.

2)a)*[*__countable__*, usually*__singular__*]*the distance from one end of something to the otheralong something's length:Carter ran half the length of the pitch to score a brilliant goal.

run the length of somethingThe pier was lit up along its entire length.

*(= go from one end to the other)*:A proposed tourist trail will run the length of the river.

b) the distance from one end of a swimming pool to the other. The distance from one side of a swimming pool to the other is a width.3)*[*__countable__*]*a piece of something that is long and thina length of pipe/rope/string

4)*[*__countable__*]*a measure of how far one car, horse etc is in front of another in a race, usually equal to the length of one car, horse etcHe still managed to finish seven lengths ahead of the rest.

**•****at (great/some) length**— for a long time and with a lot of detailAustin was questioned at length by detectives.

The matter will be discussed at greater length this evening.

**go to great/extreme/any etc lengths**— to try in a very determined or unreasonable way to achieve somethingThey have gone to great lengths to make us feel welcome.

The lengths that some people will go to

*(= the extreme things they will do)*to get a ticket!

*English dictionary.
2014.*