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Noun, Verb (intransitive), Adjective, Adverb


Verb long has 1 sense

Adjective long has 9 senses

Adverbial long has 2 senses


longa. [AS. long, lang; akin to OS, OFries., D., & G. lang, Icel. langr, Sw. lång, Dan. lang, Goth. laggs, L. longus. Length, Ling a fish, Linger, Lunge, Purloin.].
  •  Drawn out in a line, or in the direction of length; protracted; extended; as, a long line; -- opposed to short, and distinguished from broad or wide.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Drawn out or extended in time; continued through a considerable tine, or to a great length; as, a long series of events; a long debate; a long drama; a long history; a long book.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Slow in passing; causing weariness by length or duration; lingering; as, long hours of watching.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away.  [1913 Webster]
    "The we may us reserve both fresh and strong
    Against the tournament, which is not long.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Having a length of the specified measure; of a specified length; as, a span long; a yard long; a mile long, that is, extended to the measure of a mile, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Far-reaching; extensive.  Burke.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in utterance; -- said of vowels and syllables. See Short, a., 13, and Guide to Pronunciation, 1913 Webster]
  •  Having a supply of stocks or goods; prepared for, or depending for a profit upon, advance in prices; as, long of cotton. Hence, the phrases: to be, or go, long of the market, to be on the long side of the market, to hold products or securities for a rise in price, esp. when bought on a margin. Contrasted to short.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
    " Long is used as a prefix in a large number of compound adjectives which are mostly of obvious meaning; as, long-armed, long-beaked, long-haired, long-horned, long-necked, long-sleeved, long-tailed, long- worded, etc."  [1913 Webster]
In the long run, in the whole course of things taken together; in the ultimate result; eventually. -- Long clam (Zoöl.), the common clam (Mya arenaria) of the Northern United States and Canada; -- called also soft-shell clam and long-neck clam. See Mya. -- Long cloth, a kind of cotton cloth of superior quality. -- Long clothes, clothes worn by a young infant, extending below the feet. -- Long division. (Math.) See Division. -- Long dozen, one more than a dozen; thirteen. -- Long home, the grave. -- Long measure, Long meter. See under Measure, Meter. -- Long Parliament (Eng. Hist.), the Parliament which assembled Nov. 3, 1640, and was dissolved by Cromwell, April 20, 1653. -- Long price, the full retail price. -- Long purple (Bot.), a plant with purple flowers, supposed to be the Orchis mascula. Dr. Prior. -- Long suit (a) (Whist), a suit of which one holds originally more than three cards. R. A. Proctor. (b) One's most important resource or source of strength; as, as an entertainer, her voice was her long suit. -- Long tom. (a) A pivot gun of great length and range, on the dock of a vessel. (b) A long trough for washing auriferous earth. [Western U.S.] (c) (Zoöl.) The long-tailed titmouse. -- Long wall (Coal Mining), a working in which the whole seam is removed and the roof allowed to fall in, as the work progresses, except where passages are needed. -- Of long, a long time. [Obs.] Fairfax. -- To be long of the market, or To go long of the market, To be on the long side of the market, etc. (Stock Exchange), to hold stock for a rise in price, or to have a contract under which one can demand stock on or before a certain day at a stipulated price; -- opposed to short in such phrases as, to be short of stock, to sell short, etc. [Cant] See Short. -- To have a long head, to have a farseeing or sagacious mind.
  •  A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A long sound, syllable, or vowel.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The longest dimension; the greatest extent; -- in the phrase, the long and the short of it, that is, the sum and substance of it.  Addison.  [1913 Webster]
longadv. [AS. lance.].
  •  To a great extent in space; as, a long drawn out line.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To a great extent in time; during a long time.  [1913 Webster]
    "They that tarry long at the wine."  [1913 Webster]
    "When the trumpet soundeth long."  [1913 Webster]
  •  At a point of duration far distant, either prior or posterior; as, not long before; not long after; long before the foundation of Rome; long after the Conquest.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Through the whole extent or duration.  [1913 Webster]
    "The bird of dawning singeth all night long."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Through an extent of time, more or less; -- only in question; as, how long will you be gone?  [1913 Webster]
longprep. [Abbreviated fr. along. See 3d Along.].
     By means of; by the fault of; because of.  [1913 Webster]
longv. i. [AS. langian to increase, to lengthen, to stretch out the mind after, to long, to crave, to belong to, fr. lang long. See Long, a.].
  •  To feel a strong or morbid desire or craving; to wish for something with eagerness; -- followed by an infinitive, or by for or after.  [1913 Webster]
    "I long to see you."  [1913 Webster]
    "I have longed after thy precepts."  [1913 Webster]
    "I have longed for thy salvation."  [1913 Webster]
    "Nicomedes, longing for herrings, was supplied with fresh ones . . . at a great distance from the sea."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To belong; -- used with to, unto, or for.  [1913 Webster]
    "The labor which that longeth unto me."  [1913 Webster]


long, adj., n., & adv.
--adj. (longer; longest)
1 measuring much from end to end in space or time; not soon traversed or finished (a long line; a long journey; a long time ago).
2 (following a measurement) in length or duration (2 metres long; the vacation is two months long).
3 relatively great in extent or duration (a long meeting).
4 a consisting of a large number of items (a long list). b seemingly more than the stated amount; tedious, lengthy (ten long miles; tired after a long day).
5 of elongated shape.
6 a lasting or reaching far back or forward in time (a long friendship). b (of a person's memory) retaining things for a long time.
7 far-reaching; acting at a distance; involving a great interval or difference.
8 Phonet. & Prosody of a vowel or syllable: a having the greater of the two recognized durations. b stressed. c (of a vowel in English) having the pronunciation shown in the name of the letter (as in pile and cute which have a long i and u, as distinct from pill and cut) (cf. SHORT adj. 6).
9 (of odds or a chance) reflecting or representing a low level of probability.
10 Stock Exch. a (of stocks) bought in large quantities in advance, with the expectation of a rise in price. b (of a broker etc.) buying etc. on this basis.
11 (of a bill of exchange) maturing at a distant date.
12 (of a cold drink) large and refreshing.
13 colloq. (of a person) tall.
14 (foll. by on) colloq. well supplied with.
1 a long interval or period (shall not be away for long; it will not take long).
2 Phonet. a a long syllable or vowel. b a mark indicating that a vowel is long.
3 a long-dated stock. b a person who buys this.
--adv. (longer; longest)
1 by or for a long time (long before; long ago; long live the king!).
2 (following nouns of duration) throughout a specified time (all day long).
3 (in compar.; with neg.) after an implied point of time (shall not wait any longer).

as (or so) long as
1 during the whole time that.
2 provided that; only if. at long last see LAST(1). before long fairly soon (shall see you before long). be long (often foll. by pres. part. or in + verbal noun) take a long time; be slow (was long finding it out; the chance was long in coming; I shan't be long). by a long chalk see CHALK.
in the long run
1 over a long period.
2 eventually; finally. long ago in the distant past. long-ago adj. that is in the distant past.
the long and the short of it
1 all that can or need be said.
2 the eventual outcome. long-case clock a grandfather clock. long-chain (of a molecule) containing a chain of many carbon atoms. long-dated (of securities) not due for early payment or redemption. long-day (of a plant) needing a long daily period of light to cause flowering.
1 (of a telephone call, public transport, etc.) between distant places.
2 (of a weather forecast) long-range. long division division of numbers with details of the calculations written down. long dozen thirteen. long-drawn (or -drawn-out) prolonged, esp. unduly. long face a dismal or disappointed expression. long-faced with a long face.
long field Cricket
1 = long off.
2 = long on.
3 the part of the field behind the bowler. long figure (or price) a heavy cost.
long haul
1 the transport of goods or passengers over a long distance.
2 a prolonged effort or task. long-headed shrewd, far-seeing, sagacious. long-headedness being long-headed. long hop a short-pitched easily hit ball in cricket. long hundredweight see HUNDREDWEIGHT. long in the tooth rather old (orig. of horses, from the recession of the gums with age). long johns colloq. underpants with full-length legs. long-jump an athletic contest of jumping as far as possible along the ground in one leap.
long leg Cricket
1 a fielder far behind the batsman on the leg side.
2 this position. long-legged speedy. long-life (of consumable goods) treated to preserve freshness. long-lived having a long life; durable. long measure a measure of length (metres, miles, etc.).
long metre
1 a hymn stanza of four lines with eight syllables each.
2 a quatrain of iambic tetrameters with alternate lines rhyming.
long off (or on) Cricket
1 a fielder far behind the bowler and towards the off (or on) side.
2 his position. long-player a long-playing record. long-playing (of a gramophone record) playing for about 20-30 minutes on each side.
1 (of a missile etc.) having a long range.
2 of or relating to a period of time far into the future. long-running continuing for a long time. long ship hist. a long narrow warship with many rowers, used esp. by the Vikings.
long shot
1 a wild guess or venture.
2 a bet at long odds.
3 Cinematog. a shot including objects at a distance. long sight the ability to see clearly only what is comparatively distant. long-sleeved with sleeves reaching to the wrist. long-standing that has long existed; not recent. long-suffering bearing provocation patiently. long-sufferingly in a long-suffering manner.
long suit
1 many cards of one suit in a hand (esp. more than 3 or 4 in a hand of 13).
2 a thing at which one excels. long-term occurring in or relating to a long period of time (long-term plans). long-time that has been such for a long time. long ton see TON(1). long tongue loquacity. long vacation Brit. the summer vacation of lawcourts and universities. long waist a low or deep waist of a dress or body. long wave a radio wave of frequency less than 300 kHz. not by a long shot by no means.
longish adj.
long, v.intr. (foll. by for or to + infin.) have a strong wish or desire for.

OE langian seem long to



a mile long, ache, ache for, ache to, aeon, age, ages, aim, and night, aspire, be dying for, be dying to, be hurting for, big, blue moon, bull, bull account, burn to, century, choose to, clamor for, colossal, covet, crave, cry for, day after day, de longue haleine, dearly love to, desire, diffuse, diffusive, dragging, drawn-out, dream, dream of, elongate, elongated, endless, enduringly, eternity, extended, extensive, fancy, far-flung, far-reaching, fargoing, filled out, flatulent, for an age, for life, for long, gangling, gangly, gape for, giant, gigantic, great, hanker, hone for, hope for, hour after hour, hunger, interminable, interminably, itch, itch for, itch to, languish for, languishing, lank, lanky, large, lasting, leggy, lengthened, lengthy, like to, lingering, long account, long ago, long for, long interest, long side, long since, long time, long to, long while, long-continuing, long-drawn, long-drawn-out, long-legged, long-pending, long-spun, long-winded, longiloquent, longish, longs, longsome, love to, lust, lust for, marathon, miss, month after month, month of Sundays, morning, no end of, noon, out, outstretched, overlong, padded, pant for, persistently, pine, pine for, prolix, prolonged, protracted, protractedly, rangy, right smart spell, sesquipedal, sesquipedalian, sigh, sigh for, since time began, spoil for, spun-out, statuesque, stretched-out, sustained, talkative, tall, the livelong day, thirst, thirst for, till doomsday, time immemorial, undyingly, unendingly, unrelenting, verbose, want, want to, weary for, windy, wish, wish for, wish to, without end, wordy, year after year, yearn, yearn for, years, years on end, yen, yen for




N diuturnity, a long time, a length of time, an age, a century, an eternity, slowness, perpetuity, blue moon, coon's age, dog's age, durableness, durability, persistence, endlessness, lastingness, continuance, standing, permanence, survival, survivance, longevity, distance of time, protraction of time, prolongation of time, extension of time, delay, durable, lasting, of long duration, of long-standing, permanent, endless, chronic, long-standing, intransient, intransitive, intransmutable, persistent, lifelong, livelong, longeval, long-lived, macrobiotic, diuturnal, evergreen, perennial, sempervirent, sempervirid, unrelenting, unintermitting, unremitting, perpetual, lingering, protracted, prolonged, spun out, long-pending, long-winded, slow, long, for a long time, for an age, for ages, for ever so long, for many a long day, long ago, longo intervallo, all the day long, all the year round, the livelong day, as the day is long, morning noon and night, hour after hour, day after day, for good, permanently.


N length, longitude, span, mileage, distance, line, bar, rule, stripe, streak, spoke, radius, lengthening, prolongation, production, protraction, tension, tensure, extension, line, nail, inch, hand, palm, foot, cubit, yard, ell, fathom, rood, pole, furlong, mile, league, chain, link, arpent, handbreadth, jornada, kos, vara, astronomical unit, AU, light- year, parsec, nanometer, nm, micron, micrometer, millimicron, millimeter, mm, centimeter, cm, meter, kilometer, km, pedometer, perambulator, scale, long, longsome, lengthy, wiredrawn, outstretched, lengthened, sesquipedalian, interminable, no end of, macrocolous, linear, lineal, longitudinal, oblong, as long as my arm, as long as today and tomorrow, unshortened &c (shorten), lengthwise, at length, longitudinally, endlong, along, tandem, in a line, in perspective, from end to end, from stem to stern, from head to foot, from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, from top to toe, fore and aft.


VB desire, wish, wish for, be desirous, have a longing, hope, care for, affect, like, list, take to, cling to, take a fancy to, fancy, prefer, have an eye, have a mind to, find it in one's heart, have a fancy for, set one's eyes upon, cast a sheep's eye upon, look sweet upon, take into one's head, have at heart, be bent upon, set one's cap at, set one's heart upon, set one's mind upon, covet, want, miss, need, feel the want of, would fain have, would fain do, would be glad of, be hungry, have a good appetite, play a good knife and fork, hunger after, thirst after, crave after, lust after, itch after, hanker after, run mad after, raven for, die for, burn to, desiderate, sigh for, cry for, gape for, gasp for, pine for, pant for, languish for, yearn for, long, be on thorns for, hope for, aspire after, catch at, grasp at, jump at, woo, court, solicit, fish for, spell for, whistle for, put up for, ogle, cause desire, create desire, raise desire, excite desire, provoke desire, whet the appetite, appetize, titillate, allure, attract, take one's fancy, tempt, hold out temptation, hold out allurement, tantalize, make one's mouth water, faire venir l'eau a la bouche, gratify desire.

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