length

/lɛŋθ / (say length)

noun
1. the linear magnitude of anything as measured from end to end: the length of a river.
2. extent from beginning to end of a series, enumeration, account, book, etc.
3. extent in time; duration: the length of a battle.
4. a distance determined by the length of something specified: to hold a thing at arm's length.
5. a piece or portion of a certain or a known length: a length of rope.
6. a stretch or extent of something, especially a long stretch.
7. the extent, or an extent, of going, proceeding, etc.
8. the quality or fact of being long rather than short: a journey remarkable for its length.
9. the measure from end to end of a horse, boat, etc., as a unit of distance in racing: a horse wins by two lengths.
10. Phonetics, Prosody
a. (of a vowel or syllable) quantity (whether long or short).
b. the quality of vowels.
11. Cricket
a. the distance travelled by the ball before it pitches on to the wicket, after delivery by the bowler.
b. a desirable length, which makes it difficult for the person batting to score: he bowls short of a length.
phrase
12. at length,
a. to or in the full extent.
b. after a time; in the end.
13. go to any length(s), to do whatever is necessary, no matter how difficult, dangerous, etc., to achieve something.
14. go to great lengths, to make every effort.
15. slip someone a length, Colloquial (taboo) (of a man) to have sexual intercourse with someone.
{Middle English and Old English, from lang long1. See -th1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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