• An adult elephant with long tusks
    An adult elephant with long tusks
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Longly For a long time; hence, wearisomely.
    • Longly With longing desire.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A long time. Wichita A long time. Wichita
Lady in long dress Lady in long dress
Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220 Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220
K kept it. L longed for it. M mourned for it K kept it. L longed for it. M mourned for it
She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189 She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189
A kitten hitches a ride on the back of a lady's long dress A kitten hitches a ride on the back of a lady's long dress

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Great White Shark can grow to be more than twenty feet long and can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds
    • longly For a long time.
    • longly Lengthily in space.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 500 meteorites hit the Earth each year. The largest known meteorite was found at Grootfontein in Namibia, southwest Africa, in 1920. It is 9 feet (2.75m) long and 8 feet (2.43m) wide.
    • adv Longly (Shak.) longingly
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Nothing is as new as something which as been long forgotten.”
  • Peter Nicols
    Peter Nicols
    “Peace is no more than a dream as long as we need the comfort of the clan.”
  • Walter Elliott
    Walter Elliott
    “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”
  • Helen Keller
    “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “How long should you try? Until.”


A long row to hoe - Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time.
By a long chalk - (UK) If you beat somebody by a long chalk, you win easily and comfortably.
Cast a long shadow - Something or someone that casts a long shadow has considerable influence on other people or events.
Cut a long story short - This idiom is used as a way of shortening a story by getting to to the end or the point.
Draw a long bow - If someone draws a long bow, they lie or exaggerate.
Honest as the day is long - Someone who is as honest as the day is long is very trustworthy or honest.
How long is a piece of string - If someone has no idea of the answer to a question, they can ask 'How long is a piece of string?' as a way of indicating their ignorance.
In the long run - This means 'over a long period of time', 'in the end' or 'in the final result'.
It's as broad as it is long - (UK) Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal.
Kick something into the long grass - If an issue or problem is kicked into the long grass, it is pushed aside and hidden in the hope that it will be forgotten or ignored.
Long face - Someone with a long face is sad or depressed about something.
Long in the tooth - If someone is long in the tooth, they are a bit too old to do something.
Long shot - If something is a long shot, there is only a very small chance of success.
Long time no hear - The speaker could say this when they have not heard from a person, either through phone calls or emails for a long time.
Long time no see - 'Long time no see' means that the speaker has not seen that person for a long time.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lang; Ger. lang, Ice. langr.


In literature:

There are places 1/2 mile long and others 3 miles long having depths of 70 fathoms.
"Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine" by Walter H. Rich
Round 1: Into the circle 3 double crochet, 3 long, 3 double long, 5 treble long, 3 double long, 3 long, 3 double crochet.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
Long, long ago, in old Japan, the Kingdom of the Sea was governed by a wonderful King.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
The same long-circuited sex attraction that James Randolph long ago had told her about.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
As long as they are in distress, as long as they are in sorrow, as long as they are destitute of help, so long are we a match for them!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
As long as a man's good deeds are spoken of in this world, so long, O tiger among men, is he glorified in heaven.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
If she did go out, she ought not to stay as long as this.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
It was long, but it's a long watch that has no ending.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Two sticks, 1/2 inch square by about 38 inches long, for the long spreaders.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
Again he longed for the free winds of the plains.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

Rain, with its many wrinkles, the long rain
With its grey nails, and with its watery mane;
The long rain of these lands of long ago,
The rain, eternal in its torpid flow!
"Rain" by Emile Verhaeren
Where sorrow long abides, some be that grow
To hold her dear, but I am not of these;
Joy is my friend, not sorrow; by strange seas,
In some far land we wandered, long ago.
"The Lost Friend" by Amy Levy
Which is the dream, the present or the past?
The night of anguish or the joyous morn?
The long, long years with horrors overcast,
Or the sweet promise of the day new-born?
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ay! long may it be ere the scrubs are bereft
Of the clearskins that give us the sport,
And long may the station have stock-riders left,
Of the build of old Brigalow's sort.
"Brigalow Mick" by Harry Breaker Morant
By day the blue and silver sea
And chime of waters blandly fanned--
Nor these, nor Gama's stars to me
May yield delight since still for thee
I long as Gama longed for land.
"Crossing The Tropics" by Herman Melville
Not long, not long;
The fruit is ripening that will bring him to
Himself. Oh, Aislnn, do not think
Too hardly of my man; there was no child
About our house, Aislinn!
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum

In news:

But in this long, long profile, there's precious little news.
LONG?LAKE - he Long Lake Friends of Music will present a series of five concerts this summer.
Geologists maintain that the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon's walls very gradually over a long period of time, and they have found new evidence to nail down exactly how long.
Rickey Dowdy 's long, long wait to play football at N.C.
Julia Ziegler says that to make a 20 percent down payment on the DC home she wants to buy, "I would have to save for a long, long time.".
Rather than forming a large vine that grows up and around everywhere, it only gets about two feet long with beautiful little yellow brown flowers, about an inch long.
Studio Theatre, Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus, Clark Avenue and Harvey Way, Long Beach.
VPR is marking the 100th anniversary of The Long Trail with a month-long series of reports and essays.
The Garden City Hotel, long a symbol of Long Island's golden era, is in contract to be sold to a Manhattan-based real estate developer and hotelier.
The City of Indio is holding off on signing a long-term contract with the promoter of the long-running Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival after the adjacent city of La Quinta asked for environmental review of the six-day festival.
"If someone's looking for things that the president's done wrong, it's a long, long, long list," Mitt Romney said Friday.
Winters are long in the Northern Rocky Mountains — long, severe and hard.
We have had an "Energy Crisis" for a long-long time.
Fire officials say a fire tore through the Knights of Columbus Hall in the storm-ravaged community of Long Beach, Long Island.
Looking back on his long career, Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath stated, "I think it's cool we've lasted this long.

In science:

This enables the topological memory to successfully store quantum information for arbitrarily long times as long as the distribution of anyons is below a critical value.
Bringing order through disorder: Localization of errors in topological quantum memories
With any such even n we can find an odd m bigger than n such that a crossing the long way of a 4n by n rectangle means that there is a crossing the long way of a 3m by m rectangle.
Percolation of even sites for random sequential adsorption
Droplet theory explains, and our numerical results show, entropically-stabilized long range spin glass order at zero temperature, which resembles the energetic stabilization of long range order in higher dimensional models at finite temperature.
Zero and low temperature behavior of the two-dimensional $\pm J$ Ising spin glass
For every non-simply laced connected component ∆′ ⊂ ∆, if Supp(λ) ∩ ∆′ contains a long root, then it contains also the short root which is adjacent to a long simple root.
Simple linear compactifications of odd orthogonal groups
These randomly-added links we refer to as long-range links, to distinguish them from the nearest-neighbor links that are present before they are added. (In the original work on small-world networks , the long-range links were formed by rewiring the original nearestneighbour links as opposed to adding them.
Random copying in space