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noun width pronunciation in British English /wɪdθ/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the distance from one side of something to the other

    The carpets are available in a choice of widths.

    width of:

    Increase the width of the margins by a centimetre.

    in width:

    The path is about two metres in width.

    1. a.
      [countable] the distance from one side of a swimming pool to the other

      Swimming a width is their first major achievement in water.

  2. 2
    [countable] a piece of cloth that has a particular measurement from one side to the other

    You need a width and a half for each curtain.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the quality of being wide

    The jacket seems to emphasize the width of his shoulders.

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