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[lengkth-wahyz, length-, lenth-] /ˈlɛŋkθˌwaɪz, ˈlɛŋθ-, ˈlɛnθ-/
adverb, adjective
in the direction of the length.
Origin of lengthwise
1570-80; length + -wise Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lengthwise
  • Cut the potatoes lengthwise into one-fourth-inch-thick slices.
  • Press sharp edges of apples into the dough in parallel rows lengthwise of pan.
  • Lightly crack claws, then split lobsters lengthwise and discard innards from body cavity.
  • Halve apples lengthwise and remove core with a melon-ball cutter or a paring knife.
  • Cut the stem and calyx off the eggplant, and cut the body lengthwise in half.
  • Fold the flag again, lengthwise, folded edge to open edge.
  • Takes open corners and folds cover lengthwise again.
  • The station's two buildings are arranged with their south façades lengthwise fronting the railroad tracks.
  • Have them cut the stem lengthwise to view the plant pipes.
  • Have them make drawings of the cross section and lengthwise section.
British Dictionary definitions for lengthwise


/ˈlɛŋkθˌweɪz; ˈlɛŋθ-/
adverb, adjective
in, according to, or along the direction of length
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lengthwise

1570s, from length + wise (n.). As an adjective by 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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