# SpatVector geometric properties

`width.Rd`

`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.

## Usage

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

## Examples

```
f <- system.file("ex/lux.shp", package="terra")
v <- vect(f)
width(v)
#> [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
clearance(v)
#> [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
```