Definition of lengthwise in US English:



  • In a direction parallel with a thing's length.

    ‘halve the potatoes lengthwise’
    • ‘The hull is subdivided lengthwise into watertight compartments.’
    • ‘Halve the courgettes lengthwise, and use a teaspoon to scoop out the centres.’
    • ‘Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a teaspoon.’
    • ‘Fold each item lengthwise, then roll it tightly.’
    • ‘Split a piece of imitation crabmeat lengthwise into two pieces.’
    • ‘Fix two strips of double sided tape lengthwise on the back of the black card.’
    • ‘It's huge and I can sleep diagonally, lengthwise or widthwise in it, and not hang off the bed.’
    • ‘Standing the pineapple on end, cut it lengthwise into fourths and remove the core.’
    • ‘Slice the courgette and aubergine lengthwise and cut the peppers in four, discarding the core and seeds.’
    • ‘Bingo games also can be made just as easily by using plain white paper tri-folded lengthwise and widthwise to create a 9-cell grid.’
    • ‘A tostada is much more than a thin slice of toasted bread; it's usually a small roll split lengthwise and toasted on a grill, sometimes rubbed with garlic and tomato, then served with a plate of olive oil for dipping.’
    • ‘A cylindrical lens looks like a pipe cut lengthwise.’
    • ‘Cut chicken lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips and set aside.’
    • ‘Using a fine-bladed saw, cut bamboo lengthwise to remove about a third of the bamboo's width; discard the smaller section.’
    • ‘By splitting the tubing lengthwise the cord can be pushed inside it.’
    • ‘Split the chillies lengthwise, leaving them intact at the top.’
    • ‘The foam or filling material can be mounted on the cutting mechanism either lengthwise or widthwise, and cut in either direction.’
    • ‘Turning it lengthwise she tediously punched in a couple commands on a tiny control panel with her nail.’
    • ‘Place a few slices of pork and some shrimp lengthwise on the rice paper about ¼ of the way from the edge.’
    • ‘Halve the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds into a small non-stick saucepan.’


  • attributive Lying or moving lengthwise.

    ‘a lengthwise crack’
    • ‘The family Esocidae's lateral-line system includes lengthwise rows of pores along each side, as well as pores scattered over the body and head, including those on the underside of the jaw.’
    • ‘A typewriter and other business tools of the day were also fitted to the aircraft's interior, with lengthwise divans and large rotating single seats occupying the rear two thirds of the cabin.’
    • ‘The body structure is reinforced in critical areas and the floor is made of three lengthwise sections joined together, the welded joints between them forming two hollow members that add lateral strength to the structure.’
    • ‘Also available are lengthwise rails in the floor, to which a rack system which will hold two bicycles can be attached.’
    • ‘Skis have gotten softer over the years, as manufacturers have learned ways of building in torsional rigidity without lengthwise rigidity.’
    • ‘This can be addressed by building larger cylinders and dividing them into a larger number of lengthwise strips, then directing sunlight in through a window strip other than the one directly overhead.’
    • ‘Finding biological markers that flag aneurysm, a bulging of the aorta that leads to dissection, a lengthwise separation of tissues in the artery wall, is critically important for early diagnosis.’
    • ‘For dessert, we tried the fried banana, three lengthwise slices of battered and fried banana sprinkled with bits of roasted peanuts and smothered in sugar syrup.’
    • ‘It flew lengthwise figure eights in the room over and over and never found the open window.’
    in length, lengthways
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