Meaning of long
— adj. n., adv. long•er long•est
- having considerable linear extent in space: a long distance; a long handle.
- having considerable duration in time: a long conversation; a long while.
- extending, lasting, or totaling a number of specified units: eight miles long; eight hours long.
- containing many items or units: a long list.
- requiring a considerable time to relate, read, etc.: a long story.
- extending beyond normal or moderate limits: a long, boring speech.
- experienced as passing slowly, because of the difficulty, tedium, or unpleasantness involved: long years of study.
- reaching well into the past: a long memory.
- the longer of two or the longest of several: the long way home; a brick with the long side exposed.
- taking a long time; slow: He's certainly long getting here.
- forward-looking or considering all aspects; broad: to take a long view of life.
- intense, thorough, or critical; seriously appraising: a long look at one's past mistakes.
- having an ample supply or endowment of something (often fol. by on): to be long on advice; to be long on brains.
- having a considerable time to run, as a promissory note.
- distant or remote in time: a long date.
- extending relatively far: a man with a long reach.
- being higher or taller than usual: long casement windows.
- being against great odds; unlikely: a long chance.
- (of beverages) mixed or diluted with a large amount of soda, seltzer, etc.: highballs, collinses, and other long drinks.
- (of the head or skull) of more than ordinary length from front to back.
- “Feed” has a longer sound than “feet” or “fit.”
- lasting a relatively long time:“Feed” has a longer sound than “feet” or “fit.”
- belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually longer in duration than another class, as the vowel of bought as compared to that of but, and in many languagesserving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the ah in German Bahn in contrast with the a in Bann, or the tt in Italian fatto in contrast with the t in fato (opposed to short).
- having the sound of the English vowels in mate, meet, mite, mote, moot, and mute, historically descended from vowels that were long in duration.
- (of a syllable in quantitative verse) lasting a longer time than a short syllable.
- holding or accumulating stocks, futures, commodities, etc., with the expectation of a rise in prices: a long position in chemicals.
- long odds.
- marked by a large difference in the numbers of the given betting ratio or in the amounts wagered:long odds.
- of or pertaining to the larger amount bet.
- (of clay) very plastic; fat.
- a comparatively long time: They haven't been gone for long. Will it take long?
- something that is long: The signal was two longs and a short.
- a size of garment for men who are taller than average.
- a garment, as a suit or overcoat, in this size: The shorts and the longs are hung separately.
- a person who accumulates or holds stocks or commodities with the expectation of a rise in prices.
- soon: We should have news of her whereabouts before long.
- the point or gist of; substance of: The long and the short of it is that they will be forced to sell all their holdings.
- for or through a great extent of space or, esp., time: a reform long advocated.
- for or throughout a specified extent, esp. of time: How long did he stay?
- (used elliptically in referring to the length of an absence, delay, etc.): Will she be long?
- throughout a specified period of time (usually used to emphasize a preceding noun): It's been muggy all summer long.
- at a point of time far distant from the time indicated: long before.
- As long as you can come by six, I'll be here.
- provided that:As long as you can come by six, I'll be here.
- seeing that; since:As long as you're going to the grocery anyway, buy me a pint of ice cream.
- Also,so long as.during the time that; through the period that:As long as we were neighbors, they never invited us inside their house.
- to have an earnest or strong desire or craving; yearn: to long for spring; to long to return home.
- to be suitable or fitting.
- to be the possession; belong.
- 1815–78, U.S. surgeon.
- 1893–1935. U.S. politician: governor of Louisiana 1928–31; U.S. senator 1931–35.
- born 1918, U.S. lawyer and politician: U.S. senator 1948–87 (son of Huey Pierce Long).
- 1784–1864, U.S. army officer and explorer.
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