Definitions of long

  1. planning prudently for the future; " large goals that required farsighted policies"; " took a long view of the geopolitical issues"
  2. desire strongly or persistently
  3. a comparatively long time; " this won't take long"; " they haven't been gone long"
  4. for an extended time or at a distant time; " a promotion long overdue"; " something long hoped for"; " his name has long been forgotten"; " talked all night long"; " how long will you be gone?"; " arrived long before he was expected"; " it is long after your bedtime"
  5. for an extended distance
  6. having or being more than normal or necessary:" long on brains"; " in long supply"
  7. primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified; " a long road"; " a long distance"; " contained many long words"; " ten miles long"
  8. primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified; ; " a long life"; " a long boring speech"; " a long time"; " a long friendship"; " a long game"; " long ago"; " an hour long"
  9. ( phonetics) of speech sounds ( especially vowels) of relatively long duration ( as e. g. the English vowel sounds in ` bate', ` beat', ` bite', ` boat', ` boot')
  10. involving substantial risk; " long odds"
  11. of relatively great height; " a race of long gaunt men"- Sherwood Anderson; " looked out the long French windows"
  12. of speech sounds ( especially vowels) of relatively long duration ( as e. g. the English vowel sounds in ` bate', ` beat', ` bite', ` boat', ` boot')
  13. holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices; " is long on coffee"; " a long position in gold"
  14. used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively long duration
  15. Slow in passing; causing weariness by length or duration; lingering; as, long hours of watching.
  16. Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away.
  17. 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.
  18. Far- reaching; extensive.
  19. A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve.
  20. A long sound, syllable, or vowel.
  21. To a great extent in time; during a long time.
  22. 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.
  23. Through the whole extent or duration.
  24. By means of; by the fault of; because of.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in utterance; - said of vowels and syllables. See Short, a., 13, and Guide to Pronunciation, 22, 30.
  28. The longest dimension; the greatest extent; - in the phrase, the long and the short of it, that is, the sum and substance of it.
  29. Through an extent of time, more or less; - only in question; as, how long will you be gone?
  30. To feel a strong or morbid desire or craving; to wish for something with eagerness; - followed by an infinitive, or by after or for.
  31. To belong; - used with to, unto, or for.
  32. Not short; covering a great distance from end to end; extended in time; having a definite measure in space or time; as, a yard long; drawn out or continued to a great extent; slow; tedious.
  33. To a great length or period; at a time for distant; for a length of time.
  34. To desire something eagerly; with for or after.
  35. ( comp. LONGER; superl. LONGEST) Extended: not short: extended in time: slow in coming: tedious: farreaching.
  36. To a great extent in space or time: through the whole: all along.
  37. To desire earnestly: to have an eager appetite.
  39. Extended; protracted; tedious.
  40. Through much space or time.
  41. To desire earnestly.
  42. To have an eager craving or desire.
  43. Having length; lasting; extended, as in space or time.
  44. To, at, or through a great extent or period.
  45. Extended in length; extended in time; protracted; slow in coming; lingering; extending far in prospect; far- seeing.
  46. To a great extent in space or time; at a point of duration far distant.
  47. To desire earnestly; to have a craving appetite. Long- home, the grave, or death.
  48. To a great extent in apace; as, a long drawn out line.
  49. Not short; drawn out in length or time; continued, as in time or sound; extending far in space or prospect.
  50. To a great length or extent; not for a short time; throughout, as all his life long.
  51. To desire or wish for earnestly; to wish for eagerly.

Usage examples for long

  1. That's a long time, Robert." – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  2. So long, Brothah Pahkah. – The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  3. And this will take long. – The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre
  4. How long has she had that look, Mr. March? – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  5. " I hope you will live a long time," said Catherine. – Washington Square by Henry James
  6. I think it ought to have been done long ago. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  7. How long do you suppose she would stay with you?... – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  8. Did you know Mona long ago? – Jill's Red Bag by Amy Le Feuvre
  9. I will go away but I shall not be long. – Where the World is Quiet by Henry Kuttner
  10. Don't wait, for I won't be long. – The Lucky Man by Michel Baron, translated by Frank J. Morlock
  11. Are you going out for a long time?" – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  12. I'm sure it won't be long." – 'Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
  13. What I mean to say- for long? – The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence
  14. Has Mrs. Overtheway been long gone, Nursey? – Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  15. How long are you going to be with us, do you think? – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  16. I sha'n't be long now.... – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  17. It can't last long. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  18. How long have you been away this time? – The Triumph of Hilary Blachland by Bertram Mitford
  19. Come, Sir, I know you long to be secur'd Of what you say you love so much, Cleonte. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn