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length sb. (1 rare outside S.; 5 common Eliz.)
1. “of ,” long R2 IV. i. 11 “Is not my arm of ,” Troil. I. iii. 136 “To end a tale of length.”
2. prolixity, lengthiness R2 V. i. 94 “there is such in grief,” Ant. IV. xii. [xiv.] 46 “All length is torture.”
3. reach, range Mac. IV. iii. 233 “Within my sword's ,” Ham. I. ii. 204 “Within his truncheon's ,” Per. I. i. 168 “within my pistol's length.”
4. (long) stretch or extent John I. i. 105 “large l-s of seas,” Sonn. xliv. 10 “To leap large l-s of miles.”
5. “draw out in ,” prolong, protract Mer.V. III. ii. 23.
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