at length

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv at length in a lengthy or prolix manner "the argument went on lengthily","she talked at length about the problem"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is 2,500 feet in length, 600 feet wide, and 250 feet high.
    • At length At or in the full extent; without abbreviation; as, let the name be inserted at length.
    • At length See under All Home Large Lastphrase and syn.), Length Once, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The body's largest internal organ is the small intestine at an average length of 20 feet
    • At length in the full extent: at last
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Quotations

  • Jean Rostand
    Jean%20Rostand
    “The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    Lewis%20Carroll
    “There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    Christian%20Nevell%20Bovee
    “Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.”
  • Marilyn Moats Kennedy
    Marilyn Moats Kennedy
    “It is better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.”

Idioms

At arm's length - If something is at arm's length, it is a safe distance waway from you.
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Keep someone at arm's length - If you keep someone or something at arm's length, you keep a safe distance away from them.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S.,—lang, long.

Usage

In literature:

At length, at nine o'clock at night, we took the road, and, joining the mighty column, marched rapidly forward.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
At length one rode round and round the village.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
At length we halted at a small spring oozing from the soil of the field.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
At length the three Polos expressed a desire to return to Venice.
"Discoverers and Explorers" by Edward R. Shaw
The prince took refuge in Seville, from which he fled, and was at length besieged and taken at Asieta.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Grenville at length sat down at her side, but they made no effort to converse.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
At length, at all events, he slowly opened his eyes; then he closed them again, and they thought that he was dying.
"Adrift in a Boat" by W.H.G. Kingston
At length, at daybreak one morning, several sail were seen hull down to the northward, and steering east.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Arriving at length at the toll-bar of Saint Ninians, she was stopped by the toll-keeper, who supposed her to be a stray sheep.
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
At length, the weather moderating, the cutter got under way and stood for Spithead, where several men-of-war rode at anchor.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

All his leaves
Fall'n at length,
Look, he stands,
Trunk and bough
Naked strength.
"The Oak" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Where he wandered, seeking, sad,
Story doth not say,
But at length sir Galahad
Found it on a day;
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
The People's voice at length
Echoes the voice of God;
Shattered and reft of strength
The tyrant's rod!
"Redeemed!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
By many a cell they past,
And stopped at length before
A portal, bolted fast:
The man unlocked the door.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I said, my God, at length,
This evil heart remove,
Deny all other strength,
But give me strength to love.
"I Said, My God, At Length" by Horatius Bonar
At length had fully come,
On mystic circle borne
Of seven times seven revolving days,
The Pentecostal morn.
"Above the Starry Spheres" by Augusta Treverorum

In news:

Jessica Yu's 'Last Call at the Oasis' is a feature-length documentary on water waste, water quality and water manipulation around the world.
Demonstrative used the long stretch run at Springdale Race Course to go from last in the field of 10 to a one-length victory Saturday at the $100,000 Colonial Cup steeplechase.
Camelot 's brave victory at the Curragh comes after his impressive five-length win in the Derby at Epsom.
Camelot kept his perfect record intact and notched his third classic of the season when he powered to a two-length victory in the $1,614,500 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh June 30.
INGLEWOOD, Calif — Carving beat Fury Kapcori by a half-length to win the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for Olympic skier Bode Miller at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday.
The conservative commentator posted an online video Tuesday in which he addressed at length the subject of "obscene" art and the 1st Amendment.
After losing her first two races to start the year, Rachel Alexandra cruised to a 10 1/2 length win in the Grade II $214,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
INGLEWOOD, Calif (AP) Data Link won in his Southern California debut Friday, beating Ultimate Eagle by 2 1/4 lengths in the $250,000 Citation Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.
INGLEWOOD, Calif (AP) — Data Link won in his Southern California debut Friday, beating Ultimate Eagle by 2 1/4 lengths in the $250,000 Citation Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—Data Link won in his Southern California debut Friday, beating Ultimate Eagle by 2 1/4 lengths in the $250,000 Citation Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Kid Kate rallied to beat Roman Treasure by a half-length Sunday in the $80,000 Classy Mirage Stakes for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI, has installed a cut-to-length line at metal stamper Fanasa, in Santa Catarina (Nuevo Leon), Mexico.
Has purchased a cut-to-length line from Herr-Voss Stamco, to be installed at Cascadia's Brandon, Manitoba, facility.
The winsome, unfailingly cheerful local indie-pop crew would much rather talk about Skin Collision Past, the debut full-length LP they're releasing this Friday at Walter's.
Demonstrative used the long stretch run at Springdale Race Course to go from last in the field of 10 to a one-length victory at the $100,000 Colonial Cup steeplechase.
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In science:

The qualitative reasoning expressed in the first paragraph of this section also applies to higher dimensions, so that we expect the behavior of Hp to be in the random substrate universality classes at long length scales w > λ, while the random manifold universality class is dominant at short length scales w < λ.
A periodic elastic medium in which periodicity is relevant
The observed ratios in both NGC 2985 and NGC 488 are average values at one disk scale length while the value derived for the Galaxy is obtained at two disk scale lengths.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
The case p = 1 has already been discussed at length in Section 2, so we will omit it here.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Because an exact match is not required on the last length for a fold to be allowable, both fingerprints on either side exclude the last symbol, and we make a separate check that the length at the end is less than or equal to the length onto which it folds.
When Can You Fold a Map?
VII we summarize our results and we discuss the problems related to the generalization of the present approach to models more complicated than the connected tree model discussed at length in the previous sections.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
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