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LENGTH, noun

1. The extent of anything material from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as the length of a church or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.

2. Extent; extension.

Stretch'd at his length he spurns the swarthy ground.

3. A certain extent; a portion of space; with a plural.

Large lengths of seas and shores -

4. Space of time; duration, indefinitely; as a great length of time. What length of time will this enterprise require for its accomplishment?

5. Long duration.

May heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss, with length of days, and every day like this.

6. Reach or extent; as, to pursue a subject to a great length

7. Extent; as the length of a discourse, essay, or argument.

8. Distance.

He had marched to the length of Exeter.

[Unusual and inelegant.]

1. At length at or in the full extent. Let the name be inserted at length

2. At last; at the end or conclusion.

LENGTH, verb transitive To extend. [Not used.]