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Sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with the evolution of English. When did "length" replace "height?"
length is the longest dimension of an object.[1] In other contexts "length" is the measured dimension of an object. For example it is possible to cut a length of a wire which is shorter than wire thickness. Length may be distinguished from height, which is vertical extent, and width or breadth, which are the distance from side to side, measuring across the object at right angles to the length.

more extended discussion:
Length, by custom, is referred to as the longest line or side of an object...By contrast, height is a different measure because it is the vertical side of an object. It is, therefore, not parallel to the surface.

I just knew I could count on you, TGryn! biggrin.gif
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