Definition of width in English:


Pronunciation /wɪtθ//wɪdθ/


  • 1mass 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’
    • ‘We have a small landmass, about 300 miles in length and 150 in width.’
    • ‘The ceiling was high but the tunnel-like place was narrow, perhaps four feet in width.’
    • ‘The English spread collar is medium in width and has flared points.’
    • ‘Davidson's current collection of bracelets, chokers and belts are made of black or reddish-brown strips of leather varying in width.’
    • ‘Ditches are often absent, or only dug on one side, while metalling varies in width, depth and design.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The weights room was gutted and has been extended in width and length.’
    • ‘Each floor offers ample space for individual designs, consisting of a long, open space of about 30m in length and 10m in width.’
    • ‘A circular medallion, a finger's length in width, hung from a small gold chain around his neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cubic measurements take all three dimensions into consideration - width, length and height.’
    • ‘Typical blocks were fabricated to measurements of three feet in length and 1.5 feet in width and height.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Veins can range in width from microscopic dimensions to many metres.’
    • ‘However, a reduction in width reduces the cargo capacity and side slope operation.’
    • ‘It is the only reserve in Bulgaria covering seawater territory - 8km in length and 500m in width.’
    • ‘New York is set up as a strong grid system, with blocks being equal in width and length throughout most of the city.’
    wideness, breadth, broadness, thickness, spread, span, diameter, girth
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    1. 1.1count noun A piece of something at its full extent from side to side.
      ‘a single width of hardboard’
      • ‘The wall was twelve barrel widths in length, so when my grenade went off, two columns of the drums went flying in all directions.’
      • ‘If two countries use a different width of railway track, then goods and people travelling between them have to stop and change trains.’
    2. 1.2count noun The sideways extent of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The interval cited is how long she has to swim the width, then rest before doing another.’
      • ‘Each child swam as many widths as they could during ten minutes set aside from a swimming lesson.’
  • 2Wide range or extent.

    ‘the width of experience required for these positions’
    • ‘So, too, to some extent, given the width of their catchment areas, were the great Welsh clubs.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, critics will once again struggle to find adequate adjectives and metaphors to describe the width and breadth of their unique sound.’
    • ‘The width of this range represents a measure of the degree of consensus about the forecast.’
    range, breadth, compass, scope, span, scale, sweep, extent, extensiveness, vastness, immensity, immenseness, expansiveness, comprehensiveness, compendiousness
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Early 17th century: from wide + -th, on the pattern of breadth (replacing wideness).