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1[mass 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’
wideness, breadth, broadness, thickness, spread, span, diameter, girthView synonyms
- ‘The ceiling was high but the tunnel-like place was narrow, perhaps four feet in width.’
- ‘A circular medallion, a finger's length in width, hung from a small gold chain around his neck.’
- ‘Davidson's current collection of bracelets, chokers and belts are made of black or reddish-brown strips of leather varying in width.’
- ‘Typical blocks were fabricated to measurements of three feet in length and 1.5 feet in width and height.’
- ‘Each floor offers ample space for individual designs, consisting of a long, open space of about 30m in length and 10m in width.’
- ‘Ditches are often absent, or only dug on one side, while metalling varies in width, depth and design.’
- ‘We have a small landmass, about 300 miles in length and 150 in width.’
- ‘We walked a bit further until the huts started to get a bit larger in width and height.’
- ‘The palace is a façade, which is fifty feet in height and a mere one-foot in width.’
- ‘The stadium was four soccer fields in length and five in width and the stadiums were packed with people of all ages and races, cheering on a school.’
- ‘The Backbone was a half-mile of barren limestone only fifty feet in width with nearly vertical sides and a few boulders and a few clumps of pines dotting its top.’
- ‘Mr Haggarty said it was hoped to expand the room, which is located on the ground floor of the hotel, by about 4ft in width and 8ft in length.’
- ‘New York is set up as a strong grid system, with blocks being equal in width and length throughout most of the city.’
- ‘The weights room was gutted and has been extended in width and length.’
- ‘The English spread collar is medium in width and has flared points.’
- ‘Cubic measurements take all three dimensions into consideration - width, length and height.’
- ‘However, a reduction in width reduces the cargo capacity and side slope operation.’
- ‘Veins can range in width from microscopic dimensions to many metres.’
- ‘One stone approximately a foot in width and length and half a foot in height was thrown to the opposite side of the road around 20 metres away.’
- ‘It is the only reserve in Bulgaria covering seawater territory - 8km in length and 500m in width.’
- 1.1[count noun] A piece of something at its full extent from side to side:‘a single width of hardboard’
- ‘If two countries use a different width of railway track, then goods and people travelling between them have to stop and change trains.’
- ‘The wall was twelve barrel widths in length, so when my grenade went off, two columns of the drums went flying in all directions.’
- 1.2[count noun] The sideways extent of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum.
- ‘Each child swam as many widths as they could during ten minutes set aside from a swimming lesson.’
- ‘The interval cited is how long she has to swim the width, then rest before doing another.’
- ‘None of them could see the lady and her foam baton, who, it transpired wasn't even swimming her widths.’
- ‘Nswam rarely, got in one side, swam a width and got out.’
2Wide range or extent:‘the width of experience required for these positions’
range, breadth, compass, scope, span, scale, sweep, extent, extensiveness, vastness, immensity, immenseness, expansiveness, comprehensiveness, compendiousnessView synonyms
- ‘Undoubtedly, critics will once again struggle to find adequate adjectives and metaphors to describe the width and breadth of their unique sound.’
- ‘So, too, to some extent, given the width of their catchment areas, were the great Welsh clubs.’
- ‘The width of this range represents a measure of the degree of consensus about the forecast.’
Early 17th century: from wide + -th, on the pattern of breadth (replacing wideness).
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