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What is a word to encompass an object's x location, y location, width or height? Basically the word (if it exists) could mean either its location or size. It would probably have to be rather vague.

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Could you give more context? an example sentence where the word would be found? Some guesses as to what you think might be a suitable word? – Matt E. Эллен Aug 18 '11 at 18:22
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Wiktionary's sense 3 of geometry is suitable:

the spatial attributes of an object

That is the sense used in X Window System geometry specifications, which may specify width, height, x-offset, and y-offset, or may specify width and height.

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Sounds like "coordinates" might be a possible - at least with respect to position as noted by X, Y, and Z axes. Those are spatial. Height and width are dimensional.

On a side note, the machine used in the Dr Who series is called "TARDIS," which stands for "time and dimensions in space."

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Time and relative dimension in space ;) – John Smith Aug 18 '11 at 19:30
Extent might work, too. – JeffSahol Aug 18 '11 at 21:01
I was thinking extent also, though it appears Jeff and I are both too lazy to make it a separate answer, especially since this one is already accepted. – John Y Aug 18 '11 at 21:31

I've never heard of a word that can mean both. I would use 'position' or 'location' for an object's coordinates, and 'dimensions' for height, length, width. The logical problem with combining those 2 properties into a single word is that a location is a point (zero dimensions), whereas the size is at least 1-dimensional (for lengths), up to 3-dimensional for bodies.

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