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[width, witth or, often, with] /wɪdθ, wɪtθ or, often, wɪθ/
extent from side to side; breadth; wideness.
a piece of the full wideness, as of cloth.
Origin of width
1620-30; wide + -th1, modeled on breadth, etc.
Can be confused
width, with. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for width
  • Wading to the far side of the creek, she stooped to stretch her tape measure the width of the flow.
  • After packing, measure the height, width and length of your bags and weigh them to ensure they fit the guidelines of your airline.
  • Measure the length plus width plus height of your luggage to calculate its overall measurement.
  • Softwood with a nominal width of two to six inches is about half an inch less in actual width.
  • With no width to allow open play, that is about the only means of gaining ground at speed.
  • Close to absolute zero the wavelength of the vibration eventually equals the width of the atom.
  • In the growth rings, we're looking for about a nickel's width.
  • The screen is built into a base that's four inches deep and extends the entire width of the device.
  • The width of each line should be thicker in places where volume is higher.
  • It's about four feet in diameter and a foot to a foot and a half in width.
British Dictionary definitions for width


the linear extent or measurement of something from side to side, usually being the shortest dimension or (for something fixed) the shortest horizontal dimension
the state or fact of being wide
a piece or section of something at its full extent from side to side: a width of cloth
the distance across a rectangular swimming bath, as opposed to its length
Word Origin
C17: from wide + -th1, analogous to breadth
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Word Origin and History for width

1620s, formed from wide on model of breadth, and replacing wideness. Johnson (1755) calls it "a low word."

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