# Long vs. Wide: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sumera Saeed || Updated on November 7, 2023
"Long" refers to the greater dimension of something in terms of length, whereas "wide" refers to the breadth or extent from side to side.

## Key Differences

"Long" denotes an extension in space resulting in a greater length, often measured from end to end. In contrast, "wide" describes the dimension across a space, giving it a broader appearance.
Sumera Saeed
Nov 07, 2023
When referring to the word "long," it suggests something has considerable length, typically more than average or expected. "Wide," however, implies a certain breadth that makes something broad or expansive.
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Nov 07, 2023
In usage, "long" might be used to describe timelines, objects, or distances that stretch considerably in one direction. "Wide" is often used to talk about spaces or objects that have a significant extent from one side to the other.
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Nov 07, 2023
A "long" object or period can imply a measurement or duration that extends over a distance or time, such as a long road or a long wait. "Wide," however, often refers to the horizontal extent of something, like a wide table or a wide river.
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Nov 07, 2023
The term "long" can also have a metaphorical sense, referring to a prolonged period or a desire for something. "Wide" can denote inclusivity or a range, such as a wide selection or wide acceptance.
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Nov 07, 2023

## Comparison Chart

### Dimension

Length, end to end
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### Implication

Extensive in length
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### Common Usage

Distances, time
Measurements, spaces
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Wide river
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Long wait
Wide acceptance
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## Long and Wide Definitions

#### Long

Lasting or taking a considerable amount of time.
He had a long career in medicine.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Wide

Encompassing a large number or variety of items.
The museum's collection was wide and varied.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Long

Desiring something very much.
She longed for a chance to see the ocean.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Wide

Having a certain breadth or extent from side to side.
The bridge was built wide to accommodate more traffic.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Long

Extending a great distance from end to end.
She walked a long path through the forest.
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#### Wide

Fully open or extended.
He stood with arms wide open.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Long

Far-reaching in extent or scope.
They had a long list of demands.
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#### Wide

The conference welcomed a wide range of opinions.
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#### Long

Involving a large number of items or units.
The grocery receipt was exceptionally long.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Wide

Off the mark or far from the intended target.
Her throw was wide of the mark.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Long

Extending or traveling a relatively great distance.
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Dec 31, 2022

#### Wide

Having a specified extent from side to side
A ribbon two inches wide.
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#### Long

Having relatively great height; tall.
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#### Wide

Extending over a great distance from side to side; broad
A wide necktie.
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Dec 31, 2022

## FAQs

#### How do you measure how "long" something is?

By measuring its length from one end to the other.
Sara Rehman
Nov 07, 2023

#### Can "long" be used metaphorically?

Yes, such as in "a long-awaited reunion."
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Nov 07, 2023

#### What is a "long" book?

A book with many pages or extensive content.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### What does "long" mean?

It means extending far in distance or time.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Is "wide" used for time?

No, "wide" typically describes spatial breadth.
Sumera Saeed
Nov 07, 2023

#### Can "wide" be used metaphorically?

Yes, like in "wide-ranging implications."
Sara Rehman
Nov 07, 2023

#### What is a synonym for "long"?

Extended, prolonged, or elongated.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Can "long" refer to time?

Yes, it can describe a considerable amount of time.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### What is a "wide" street?

A street that is broad from one sidewalk to the other.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Does "long" have a positive or negative connotation?

It's neutral, but context can affect its connotation.
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Nov 07, 2023

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Nov 07, 2023

#### Are there idioms that use "wide"?

Yes, like "wide off the mark" or "wide awake."
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Does "wide" have a positive or negative connotation?

Like "long," it's neutral and context-dependent.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Can a room be both "long" and "wide"?

Yes, if it extends significantly in both dimensions.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### How do "long" and "wide" relate to "high"?

They describe different dimensions; "high" refers to vertical extent.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### How do you measure how "wide" something is?

By measuring its breadth from side to side.
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Nov 07, 2023

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#### Can "long" describe emotions?

Yes, as in "longing" for something.
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Is "wide" used in technology?

Yes, in terms like "wide-screen" or "wide-angle."
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Nov 07, 2023

#### Are there idioms that use "long"?

Yes, such as "a long shot" or "in the long run."
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Nov 07, 2023