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[lengkth-weyz, length-, lenth-] /ˈlɛŋkθˌweɪz, ˈlɛŋθ-, ˈlɛnθ-/
adverb, adjective
Origin of lengthways
1590-1600; length + -ways Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lengthways
  • Wrap the elastic band around the nail lengthways, so that it covers the terminals.
  • When the glue is cured, cut the tube in half lengthways.
British Dictionary definitions for lengthways


/ˈlɛŋkθˌweɪz; ˈlɛŋθ-/
adverb, adjective
in, according to, or along the direction of length
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Word Origin and History for lengthways

1590s, from length + -way, with adverbial genitive -s.

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