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[width, witth or, often, with] /wɪdθ, wɪtθ or, often, wɪθ/
noun
1.
extent from side to side; breadth; wideness.
2.
a piece of the full wideness, as of cloth.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; wide + -th1, modeled on breadth, etc.
Can be confused
width, with.
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British Dictionary definitions for widths

width

/wɪdθ/
noun
1.
the linear extent or measurement of something from side to side, usually being the shortest dimension or (for something fixed) the shortest horizontal dimension
2.
the state or fact of being wide
3.
a piece or section of something at its full extent from side to side: a width of cloth
4.
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 widths

width

n.

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

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