- The definition of long is an extended distance or an extended period of time.
- An example of long is a 100 mile road.
- An example of long is a 4-hour movie.
long definition by Webster's New World
- measuring much from end to end in space or from beginning to end in time; not short or brief
- measured from end to end rather than from side to side: the long dimension
- of a specified extent in length: a foot long
- of greater than usual or standard length, height, quantity, etc.: a long game, a long window, a long ton
- containing many items or members: said of a series, list, etc.
- overextended in length
- taking too much time; tedious; slow
- extending to what is distant in space or time; far-reaching: a long view of the matter
- large; big: the long odds of 100 to 1, to take a long chance
- having an abundance of: with of or on: long on excuses
- ☆ Finance holding a commodity or security in anticipation of a rise in price
- Phonet. lasting for a relatively long time: said of a speech sound
- popularly diphthongized: the long a in “pain”
- requiring a relatively long time to pronounce: said of syllables in quantitative verse
- stressed: said of syllables in accentual verse
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English akin to German lang ; from Germanic an unverified form lango- from source Old Norse langr, Gothic laggs: uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Classical Latin longus
- for a long time
- for the duration of; from the beginning to the end: all day long
- at a much earlier or a much later time than the time indicated; remotely: to stay long after midnight
- a variation of clothing size longer than the average for that size
- long pants
- a signal, syllable, etc. of long duration
- a long time: it won't take long to finish the work
Origin: Middle English longen ; from Old English langian (akin to German langen, to reach, extend) ; from base of lang: see long
Origin: Middle English longen ; from Old English langian, to belong
long definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective long·er, long·est
- a. Extending or traveling a relatively great distance.b. Having relatively great height; tall.c. Having the greater length of two or the greatest length of several: the long edge of the door.
- Of relatively great duration: a long time.
- Of a specified linear extent or duration: a mile long; an hour long.
- Made up of many members or items: a long shopping list.
- a. Extending beyond an average or standard: a long game.b. Extending or landing beyond a given boundary, limit, or goal: Her first serve was long.
- Tediously protracted; lengthy: a long speech.
- Concerned with distant issues; far-reaching: took a long view of the geopolitical issues.
- Involving substantial chance; risky: long odds.
- Having an abundance or excess of: “politicians whose résumés are long on competence” (Margaret Garrard Warner).
- Having a holding of a commodity or security in expectation of a rise in price: long on soybeans.
- a. Linguistics Having a comparatively great duration. Used of a vowel or consonant.b. Grammar Of, relating to, or being the English speech sounds (ā, ē, ī, ō, o͞o) that are tense vowels or diphthongs.
- a. Stressed or accented. Used of a syllable in accentual prosody.b. Being of relatively great duration. Used of a syllable in quantitative prosody.
- During or for an extended period of time: The promotion was long due.
- At or to a considerable distance; far: She walked long past the end of the trail.
- Beyond a given boundary, limit, or goal: hit the return long.
- For or throughout a specified period: They talked all night long.
- At a point of time distant from that referred to: That event took place long before we were born.
- Into or in a long position, as of a commodity market.
- A long time: This won't take long.
- Linguistics A long syllable, vowel, or consonant.
- One who acquires holdings in a security or commodity in expectation of a rise in price.
- a. A garment size for a tall person.b. longs Trousers extending to the feet or ankles.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English lang; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verb longed longed, long·ing, longs
Origin: Middle English longen, from Old English langian; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.
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long - Business Definition
long - Computer Definition
In programming, an integer variable. In C, a long is four bytes and can be signed (-2G to +2G) or unsigned (4G). Contrast with short.
long - Investment & Finance Definition
A synonym for buy. If an investor owns 50 futures contracts and 100 shares of common stock, the investor is said to be long 50 futures contracts and long 100 shares of common stock. A trader who is long expects prices to rise. Long is the opposite of short, which corresponds to a sale of shares of futures contracts or common stock.
long - Medical Definition
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long - Phrases/Idioms
as long asor so long as
- of the same length as
- during the time that
- seeing that; since
- provided that
the long and (the) short of
not long for
the long and the short of it
- At a time or during a period well before the present: I read that book long ago.
- A time well before the present: heroes of long ago.
long in the tooth