Perl function:
length value

Returns the length of the scalar value, in bytes. If no argument is used, length uses the magic variable $_.

length should not be used to find the size of arrays and hashes. Use the function scalar instead.

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Also slang for sex in certain parts of england.

example:
Jesus and Mary approached bethlehem tired and exhausted seeking an inn for the night.
Said Joseph to the innkeeper, "Good Sir, I need a room as my fair wife Mary needs length".
"I have but a stable for ye." said the innkeeper.
"That will do." said Joseph. The innkeeper winked at Joseph, and lo, the wink was cheeky.

Length (?), n. [OE. lengthe, AS. leng, fr. land, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. laengde, Sw. langd, Icel. lengd. See Long, a. ]

1.

The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; 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. Dryden.

6.

Distance.

[Obs.]

He had marched to the length of Exeter. Clarendon.

At length. (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.

 

© Webster 1913.


Length, v. i.

To lengthen.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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