Definition of width in English:


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Pronunciation: /wɪtθ
, wɪdθ


  • 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
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    • Typical blocks were fabricated to measurements of three feet in length and 1.5 feet in width and height.
    • Cubic measurements take all three dimensions into consideration - width, length and height.
    • 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.
    wideness, breadth, broadness, thickness, spread, span, diameter, girth
    technical calibre, gauge
    Nautical beam
  • 1.1 [count noun] A piece of something at its full extent from side to side: a single width of hardboard
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    • 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.
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    • None of them could see the lady and her foam baton, who, it transpired wasn't even swimming her widths.
    • 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.


early 17th century: from wide + -th2, on the pattern of breadth (replacing wideness).

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