Found 2 items, similar to At length.
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Definition: at length
adv 1: after a long period of time or an especially long delay; “at
length they arrived”
2: in a lengthy or prolix manner; “the argument went on
; “she talked at length about the problem”
English → English
Definition: At length
(l[e^]ngth), n. [OE. lengthe, AS. leng[eth], fr.
lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. l[ae]ngde, Sw.
l["a]ngd, Icel. lengd. See Long
, a. ]
1. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in
distinction from breadth
; extent of anything
from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn
through a body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a
church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.
2. A portion of space or of time considered as measured by
its length; -- often in the plural.
Large lengths of seas and shores. --Shak.
The future but a length behind the past. --Dryden.
3. The quality or state of being long, in space or time;
extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for
the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of
the sermon, and the length of his walk.
4. A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number
of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a
length of pipe; a length of fence.
5. Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to
pursue a subject to a great length.
May Heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss
With length of days, and every day like this.
6. Distance. [Obs.]
He had marched to the length of Exeter. --Clarendon.
(a) At or in the full extent; without abbreviation; as,
let the name be inserted at length.
(b) At the end or conclusion; after a long period. See
Syn. of At last, under Last
At arm's length
. See under Arm
, prep. [AS. [ae]t; akin to OHG. az, Goth., OS., & Icel.
at, Sw. [*a]t, Dan. & L. ad.]
Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence,
nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the
ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a mark. It is less
definite than in or on; at the house may be in or near the
house. From this original import are derived all the various
uses of at. It expresses:
1. A relation of proximity to, or of presence in or on,
something; as, at the door; at your shop; at home; at
school; at hand; at sea and on land.
2. The relation of some state or condition; as, at war; at
peace; at ease; at your service; at fault; at liberty; at
risk; at disadvantage.
3. The relation of some employment or action; occupied with;
as, at engraving; at husbandry; at play; at work; at meat
(eating); except at puns.
4. The relation of a point or position in a series, or of
degree, rate, or value; as, with the thermometer at
80[deg]; goods sold at a cheap price; a country estimated
at 10,000 square miles; life is short at the longest.
5. The relations of time, age, or order; as, at ten o'clock;
at twenty-one; at once; at first.
6. The relations of source, occasion, reason, consequence, or
effect; as, at the sight; at this news; merry at anything;
at this declaration; at his command; to demand, require,
receive, deserve, endure at your hands.
7. Relation of direction toward an object or end; as, look at
it; to point at one; to aim at a mark; to throw, strike,
shoot, wink, mock, laugh at any one.
, At home
, At large
, At last
, At length
, At once
, etc. See under All
and syn.), Length
, busily or actively engaged.
. See Least
. See At one
, in the Vocabulary.
Usage: When reference to the interior of any place is made
prominent in is used. It is used before the names of
countries and cities (esp. large cities); as, we live
in America, in New York, in the South. At is commonly
employed before names of houses, institutions,
villages, and small places; as, Milton was educated at
Christ's College; money taken in at the Customhouse; I
saw him at the jeweler's; we live at Beachville. At
may be used before the name of a city when it is
regarded as a mere point of locality. “An English
king was crowned at Paris.”
Jacques Rousseau was born at Geneva, June, 28, 1712.”
--J. Morley. In regard to time, we say at the hour, on
the day, in the year; as, at 9 o'clock, on the morning
of July 5th, in the year 1775.