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1. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.

2. A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; often in the plural. Large lengths of seas and shores. (Shak) The future but a length behind the past. (Dryden)

3. The quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of the sermon, and the length of his walk.

4. A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a length of pipe; a length of fence.

5. Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length. May heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss. With length of days and every day like this. (Dryden)

6. Distance. He had marched to the length of Exeter. (Clarendon) at length. At or in the full extent; without abbreviation; as, let the name be inserted at length. At the end or conclusion; after a long period. See Syn. Of At last, under last. At arms length. See arm.

Origin: oe. Lengthe, as. Leng, fr. Land, long, long; akin to D. Lengte, dan. Laengde, Sw. Langd, Icel. Lengd. See long.

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Does other animals have faster nerve speeds?

The speed of nerve transmission depends on the size of the nerve axon, the length of it and whether it is effectively insulated by myelin. There are a vast number of different kinds of neurons in each animal, and for some there are more of the nice big, insulated ...

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Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:55 am
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Topic: Does other animals have faster nerve speeds?
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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

... and 2) certain chicks get scared when they see a long shape passing by above them, advancing along a trajectory that makes a right angle to the length of the shape, because it looks like a big gliding bird, even though they still don't know about raptorials.

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A question regarding PCR

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Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:36 pm
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Topic: A question regarding PCR
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Re: Am I the Next Step in Human Evolution?

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by badgertoes
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Forum: Evolution
Topic: Am I the Next Step in Human Evolution?
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Cell regulation/death

... faster and invade other organs while cancer cells do, since even if cancer cells can divide forever, most normal cells also have enough telomere length to divide quite a lot. So if I am correct here, programmed cell death keeps the normal cells from growing out of control, so then not only the ...

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Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: Cell regulation/death
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