# Length vs. Width

By Jaxson

• 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).

• Width

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. For example, it is possible to cut a length of wire shorter than the wire’s width.

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. 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). In most systems of measurement, the unit of length is a base unit, from which other units are derived.

Wikipedia
• Length (noun)

The distance measured along the longest dimension of an object.

• Length (noun)

duration

• 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.

• Width (noun)

The state of being wide.

• Width (noun)

The measurement of the extent of something from side to side.

• Width (noun)

A piece of material measured along its smaller dimension, especially fabric.

• Width (noun)

The horizontal distance between a batsman and the ball as it passes him.

• Width (noun)

The use of all the width of the pitch, from one side to the other.

“Manchester United like to play with width.”

Wiktionary
• 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”

• Width (noun)

the measurement or extent of something from side to side; the lesser of two or the least of three dimensions of a body

“the yard was about seven feet in width”

• Width (noun)

a piece of something at its full extent from side to side

“a single width of hardboard”

• Width (noun)

the sideways extent of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum.

• Width (noun)

wide range or extent

“the width of experience required for these positions”

Oxford Dictionary