Length vs. Height

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Main Difference

The main difference between Length and Height is that the Length is a measured dimension of an object and Height is a distance between the lowest end and highest end of an object.

  • Length

    In geometric measurements, length is the most extended dimension of an object. In the International System of Quantities, length is any quantity with dimension distance. In other contexts, length is a measured dimension of an object. Length may be distinguished from height, which is vertical extent, and width or breadth, which are the distance from side to side, measuring across the object at right angles to the length. For example, it is possible to cut a length of wire shorter than the wire’s width. In most systems of measurement, the unit of length is a base unit, from which other units are derived.

    Length is a measure of one dimension, whereas area is a measure of two dimensions (length squared) and volume is a measure of three dimensions (length cubed).

  • Height

    Height is the measure of vertical distance, either how “tall” something or someone is, or how “high” the position is.

    For example, “The height of that building is 50 m” or “The height of an airplane is about 10,000 m”.

    When the term is used to describe how high something like an airplane or a mountain peak is from sea level, height is more often called altitude.In a cartesian space, height is measured along the vertical axis (y) between a specific point and another that does not have the same y-value. If both points happen to have the same y-value, then their relative height equals to zero.

  • Length (noun)

    The distance measured along the longest dimension of an object.

  • Length (noun)


  • Length (noun)

    The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.

  • Length (noun)

    Distance between the two ends of a line segment.

  • Length (noun)

    The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.

  • Length (noun)

    Total extent.

    “the length of a book”

  • Length (noun)

    Part of something that is long; a physical piece of something.

    “a length of rope”

  • Length (verb)

    To lengthen.

  • Height (noun)

    The distance from the base of something to the top.

  • Height (noun)

    The vertical distance from the ground to the highest part of a standing person or animal (withers in the case of a horse).

  • Height (noun)

    The highest point or maximum degree.

    “She’s at the height of her career.”

  • Height (noun)

    A mountain, especially a very high one.

  • Height (noun)

    An area of land at the top of a cliff.

  • Length (noun)

    the measurement or extent of something from end to end; the greater of two or the greatest of three dimensions of an object

    “the fish reaches a length of 10 inches”

    “the delta is twenty kilometres in length”

  • Length (noun)

    the quality of being long

    “the length of the waiting list”

  • Length (noun)

    the length of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum

    “fifty lengths of the pool”

  • Length (noun)

    the length of a horse, boat, etc., as a measure of the lead in a race

    “the mare won the race by seven lengths”

  • Length (noun)

    the extent of a garment in a vertical direction when worn

    “the length of her skirt”

  • Length (noun)

    the full distance that a thing extends for

    “the muscles running the length of my spine”

  • Length (noun)

    the full extent of one’s body

    “he awkwardly lowered his length into the small car”

  • Length (noun)

    the metrical quantity or duration of a vowel or syllable

    “the length of the syllable is isomorphic with the length of the syllabic vowel”

  • Length (noun)

    the amount of time occupied by something

    “delivery must be within a reasonable length of time”

  • Length (noun)

    a piece or stretch of something

    “the surviving length of track”

    “a length of brown satin”

  • Length (noun)

    an extreme to which a course of action is taken

    “they go to great lengths to avoid the press”

  • Length (noun)

    the distance from the batsman at which a well-bowled ball pitches

    “Lewis tended to bowl short of a length”

  • Length (noun)

    (in bridge or whist) the number of cards of a suit held in one’s hand, especially when five or more

    “to open one heart with equal length in hearts and spades is in the modern Acol style”

Oxford Dictionary

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