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 vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds into a small non-stick saucepan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Standing the pineapple on end, cut it lengthwise into fourths and remove the core.’
    • ‘Split the chillies lengthwise, leaving them intact at the top.’
    • ‘Cut them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a teaspoon.’
    • ‘A cylindrical lens looks like a pipe cut lengthwise.’
    • ‘Slice the courgette and aubergine lengthwise and cut the peppers in four, discarding the core and seeds.’
    • ‘Fix two strips of double sided tape lengthwise on the back of the black card.’
    • ‘Place a few slices of pork and some shrimp lengthwise on the rice paper about ¼ of the way from the edge.’
    • ‘Split a piece of imitation crabmeat lengthwise into two pieces.’
    • ‘Using a fine-bladed saw, cut bamboo lengthwise to remove about a third of the bamboo's width; discard the smaller section.’
    • ‘Halve the courgettes lengthwise, and use a teaspoon to scoop out the centres.’
    • ‘Turning it lengthwise she tediously punched in a couple commands on a tiny control panel with her nail.’
    • ‘It's huge and I can sleep diagonally, lengthwise or widthwise in it, and not hang off the bed.’
    • ‘By splitting the tubing lengthwise the cord can be pushed inside it.’
    • ‘The foam or filling material can be mounted on the cutting mechanism either lengthwise or widthwise, and cut in either direction.’
    • ‘Cut chicken lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips and set aside.’
    • ‘Fold each item lengthwise, then roll it tightly.’


  • attributive Lying or moving lengthwise.

    ‘a lengthwise crack’
    • ‘Skis have gotten softer over the years, as manufacturers have learned ways of building in torsional rigidity without lengthwise rigidity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It flew lengthwise figure eights in the room over and over and never found the open window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also available are lengthwise rails in the floor, to which a rack system which will hold two bicycles can be attached.’
    in length, lengthways
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