Definition of width in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɪtθ/


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.
2Wide range or extent: the width of experience required for these positions
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  • 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
rare catholicity


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

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