width returns the minimum diameter of the geometry, defined as the smallest band that contains the geometry, where a band is a strip of the plane defined by two parallel lines. This can be thought of as the smallest hole that the geometry can be moved through, with a single rotation.

clearance returns the minimum clearance of a geometry. The minimum clearance is the smallest amount by which a vertex could be moved to produce an invalid polygon, a non-simple linestring, or a multipoint with repeated points. If a geometry has a minimum clearance of 'mc', it can be said that:

No two distinct vertices in the geometry are separated by less than 'mc' No vertex is closer than 'mc' to a line segment of which it is not an endpoint. If the minimum clearance cannot be defined for a geometry (such as with a single point, or a multipoint whose points are identical, NA is returned.

# S4 method for SpatVector
width(x, as.lines=FALSE)
# S4 method for SpatVector
clearance(x, as.lines=FALSE)



SpatVector of lines or polygons


logical. If TRUE lines are returned that define the width or clearance


numeric or SpatVector

See also


f <- system.file("ex/lux.shp", package="terra")
v <- vect(f)
#>  [1] 25511.501 20333.498 19019.103  9255.223 20141.189 14308.518 15475.916
#>  [8] 18111.001 17435.502 15750.096 18936.122 15692.522
#>  [1] 24.349993 50.070894 31.878312 51.390103 13.517168 15.960117  2.871879
#>  [8] 17.584083  9.023613  4.239727  8.231322 60.918397