1. 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.
2. 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
3. Slow in passing; causing weariness by length
or duration; lingering; as, long
hours of watching.
4. Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far
away. "The we may us reserve
and strong Against the tournament, which is not long." (Spenser)
5. Extended to any 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.
6. Far-reaching; extensive. " Long views."
7. Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in utterance; said of vowels and syllables. See Short, 13, and Manual to Pronunciation, 22.
Long is used as a prefix in a big number
adjectives which are mostly of obvious importance; as, long-armed, long-beaked, long-haired, long-horned, long-necked, long-sleeved, long-tailed, long- worded, etc. In the long
run, in the intact rate
of things taken together; in the ultimate
result; eventually. Long clam, to keep
stock for a rise
in cost, or to have a contract under
which one can demand
stock on or till
a determined day
at a stipulated cost; opposed to short
in such phrases as, to be short
of stock, to sell
short, etc. See Short. To have a long
head, to have a farseeing or sagacious mind.
Origin: AS. Long, lang; akin
to OS, OFries, D, & G. Lang, Icel. Langr, Sw. Lang, Dan. Lang, Goth. Laggs, L.longus. Cf. Length, Ling a fish, Linger, Lunge, Purloin.
1. To a great extent in apace; as, a long
drawn out line.
2. To a great extent in time; during a long
time. "They that tarry long
at the wine." (Prov. Xxiii. 30) "When the trumpet
soundeth long." (Ex. Xix. 13)
3. at a point
of duration far
prior or posterior; as, not long
till; not long
after; long till
of Rome; long
after the Conquest.
4. Through the intact
extent or duration. "The bird
of dawning singeth all night
5. Through an extent of time, more or smaller; only in question; as, how long will
you be gone?
Origin: AS. Lance.
Source: Websters Vocabulary