width (wĭdth, wĭth, wĭtth)
1. The state, quality, or fact of being wide.
2. Abbr. w The measurement of the extent of something from side to side.
3. A piece of material measured along its smaller dimension or its crosswise grain, especially a piece of fabric measured from selvage to selvage.
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