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  1. long
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  2. adjective

    • 1. measuring a great distance from end to end:

      a long corridor long black hair the line for tickets was long
      Synonym : lengthy, of considerable length, extended, prolonged, extensive, stretched out, spread out, long-lasting, lasting
    • 2. (after a measurement and in questions) measuring a specified distance from end to end:

      a boat 150 feet long how long is the leash?
      Synonym : in length, lengthways, lengthwise
    • 3. (of a journey) covering a great distance:

      I went for a long walk
    • 4. (of a ball in sports) traveling a great distance, or further than expected or intended:

      he threw a long ball to the catcher
    • 5. (of a garment or sleeves on a garment) covering the whole of a person's legs or arms:

      a sweater with long sleeves
    • 6. of elongated shape:

      shaped like a torpedo, long and thin
    • 7. (of a person) tall.

    • 8. lasting or taking a great amount of time:

      a long and distinguished career she took a long time to dress
      Synonym : prolonged, protracted, lengthy, overlong, extended, long-drawn-out, drawn-out, spun-out, dragged-out, seemingly endless, lingering, interminable, tedious, boring, wearisome
    • 9. (after a noun of duration and in questions) lasting or taking a specified amount of time:

      the debates will be 90 minutes long
    • 10. seeming to last more time than is the case; lengthy or tedious:

      serving long hours on the committee
    • 11. (of a person's memory) retaining things for a great amount of time.

    • 12. relatively great in extent:

      write a long report a long list of candidates
    • 13. (after a noun of extent and in questions) having a specified extent:

      the statement was three pages long
    • 14. (of a vowel) categorized as long with regard to quality and length (e.g., in standard American English, the vowel /uː/ in food is long, as distinct from the short vowel /ʊ/ in good).

    • 15. (of a vowel or syllable) having the greater of the two recognized durations.

    • 16. (of odds or a chance) reflecting or representing a low level of probability:

      winning against long odds you're taking a long chance
    • 17. (of shares, bonds, or other assets) bought in advance, with the expectation of a rise in price.

    • 18. (of a broker or their position in the market) buying or based on long stocks.

    • 19. (of a security) maturing at a distant date.

    • 20. well-supplied with:

      an industry that seems long on ideas but short on cash

    noun

    • 1. a long interval or period:

      see you before long it will not be for long
    • 2. a long sound such as a long signal in Morse code or a long vowel or syllable:

      two longs and a short
    • 3. long-dated securities, especially gilt-edged securities.

    • 4. assets held in a long position.

    adverb

    • 1. for a long time:

      we hadn't known them long an experience they will long remember his long-awaited Grand Prix debut
    • 2. in questions about a period of time:

      how long have you been working?
    • 3. at a time distant from a specified event or point of time:

      the work was compiled long after his death it was abandoned long ago
    • 4. after an implied point of time:

      he could not wait any longer
    • 5. (after a noun of duration) throughout a specified period of time:

      it rained all day long
    • 6. (with reference to the ball in sports) at, to, or over a great distance, or further than expected or intended:

      the quarterback dropped back and threw the ball long
    • 7. beyond the point aimed at; too far:

      he threw the ball long
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: long, plural noun: longs

    • (1912–2008), US writer, radio and television journalist, and historian; born Louis Terkel. He had his own television show 1950–53 and radio show 1953–98. Thought of as the voice of the common man, he wrote Division Street: America (1967), The Good War (1984), Coming of Age (1995), and My American Century (1997).
    • a hill in the Charlestown section of northern Boston in Massachusetts. It gave its name to the first pitched battle (1775) of the American Revolution, which was actually fought on nearby Breed's Hill. Although the British won, the good performance of the untrained Americans gave considerable impetus to the Revolution.
    • noun

      forceful public campaigning for improvement in standards of safety and quality in consumer goods, as advocated by the American lawyer and reformer Ralph Nader:
    • noun

      forceful public campaigning for improvement in standards of safety and quality in consumer goods, as advocated by the American lawyer and reformer Ralph Nader:
    • (1892–1973), American writer; full name Pearl Sydenstricker Buck. Her upbringing and work in China inspired her earliest novels, including The Good Earth (Pulitzer Prize, 1931). Nobel Prize for Literature (1938).
    • the first pitched battle (1775) of the War of American Independence (actually fought on Breed's Hill near Boston, Massachusetts). Although the British won, the good performance of the untrained Americans gave considerable impetus to the Revolution.
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