• WordNet 3.6
    • v linger leave slowly and hesitantly
    • v linger take one's time; proceed slowly
    • v linger be about "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square","Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
    • v linger move to and fro "The shy student lingered in the corner"
    • v linger remain present although waning or gradually dying "Her perfume lingered on"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Linger lĭṉ"gẽr To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate. "Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind.""Perhaps thou linger'st , in deep thoughts detained."
    • Linger To protract; to draw out. "She lingers my desires."
    • Linger To spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • linger To make long; prolong; protract; delay; put off; defer.
    • linger To spend in an inactive or tedious manner; drag: with out, and sometimes away.
    • linger To remain in a place or a state for an unusual, undue, or unexpected length of time; defer action, movement, decision, etc., either from inclination or necessity; hold back; tarry; delay; loiter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Linger ling′gėr to remain long in any state: to loiter
    • v.t Linger (Shak.) to prolong, protract: (with out) to pass in a tedious manner
    • n Linger a remaining long
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.”
  • Henry Vaughan
    Henry Vaughan
    “They are all gone into the world of light, and I alone sit lingering here.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Thank Heaven! the crisis --The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last --, and the fever called Living is conquered at last.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse: borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “Whether elected or appointed he considers himself the Lord's anointed, and indeed the ointment lingers on him so thick you can't get your fingers on him.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lengen, to tarry, AS. lengan, to prolong, put off, fr. lang, long. √125. See Long (a.)


In literature:

On his face still lingered the dark flush that had crept up over it at the black-eyed girl's taunt.
"Red-Robin" by Jane Abbott
In him we reach so important a turning-point in the history of Christmas that we must linger awhile at his side.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Can you guess why I have lingered so long over a portrait that might well have been dispatched in three lines?
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
The ladies left the dining-room; the gentlemen lingered, but not long.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Phebe had not lingered, though she seemed long away.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
We linger over our coffee, and I smoke two or three of his gold-tipped Egyptians.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
A tone lingered in his ear; he recalled the countenance of one absent.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
She is in; and yet, before the door shuts, he lingers.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
He lingered, purposely to prolong his uncertainty and his hope.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Mrs. Stanhope lingered in surprise at her friend's emotion, and strove to soothe it.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton

In poetry:

Looking back,
Wander we through life's long track,
Looking back,
Where a parted sun's soft ray
Lingers yet across the way.
"Wishes" by Menella Bute Smedley
My true love's face is white as mist
That moons have lingered on,
Yet rosy as a cloud, sun-kissed--
I think it is the Dawn.
"The Lost Name" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
She ceases now and dries her tears
But still she lingers there
In silent thought till night is come
And silver stars appear.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
He lingered near you, all unchid,
He prayed, as only lovers can;
He knew the worth your true heart hid,
O fair, O happy Anne.
"Anne Hathaway" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Linger then yet awhile,
As the last leaves on the bough!
Ye have lov'd the light of many a smile,
That is taken from you now.
"The Departed" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
In my soul is a lingering music:
The song was not meant for me,
But I listen, and listen, and wonder
To whom it can lovelier be.
"In The Air" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

Jordan Kovacs was stuck in the stands as a fan at Michigan Stadium as a freshman, stewing about having his dream delayed by a lingering knee problem.
WIMBLEDON, England – One lingering question from Rafael Nadal's shocking exit to Lukas Rosol on Thursday night — why was Centre Court's retractable roof employed when it was.
Robert Pirsig's first book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (here-after ZAAMM ), appeared in 1974—seventeen years ago—and the memory of it still lingers, green and cheerful, in the mind.
Neighbors said the smell has lingered for more than a week.
As conceptualized, the pace car was a showcase of Indiana's finest, a tradition that lingered on peripherally once the state's most regal automakers had departed from the scene.
As the recession lingers on, food writer Nina Planck tackles this controversial question.
T he lingering force of the tornado that ripped apart north Minneapolis a year ago shows in the boarded, empty home where the mailbox is still stuffed with letters.
It's not just the digital signage industry that's optimistic about its prospects during the lingering recession.
Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker says a lingering left knee injury will prevent him competing in Australia's selection trials next month, and he will instead take the risky path of trying to qualify for London via other events.
While most of the harmful effects of long-term hormone therapy disappear with time, one important threat — cancer — appears to linger, even 2½ years after women stop taking their pills, new research shows.
The echoing shape of military movement lingers in the mind, like most mornings' top-of-the-fold news.
Rick Santorum has a new column over at Red State, in which he declares that thing that separates him from the rest of the lingering members of the GOP primary field is his strident disbelief in the " pseudo -religion" of global warming.
Rick Santorum has a new column over at Red State, in which he declares that thing that separates him from the rest of the lingering members of the GOP primary field is his strident disbelief in the " pseudo- religion" of global warming.
I have a lingering sense of unease over the flap around the Edwards bloggers.
Yet what lingers in the memory about "The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm" is not the way the cast members treat the old material.

In science:

LINGERS is an accurate linear general relativity solver that calculates transfer functions at a range of redshifts.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Lower bounds on the moments can be obtained by estimating the probability of lingering: cPrψ ,η (|x| < b η−r ) := X|x|
Absolutely continuous spectrum implies ballistic transport for quantum particles in a random potential on tree graphs
Bolthausen, E., Goldsheid, I. (2008), Lingering random walks in random environment on a strip.
Branching structure for the transient random walk on a strip in a random environment
It is a lingering concern that D is the only one of the three whose primordial abundance is consistent, within the errors, with the value of Ωb,0 h2 deduced from the analysis of the CMB.
A new, precise measurement of the primordial abundance of Deuterium
Lingering random walks in random environment on a strip.
A local limit theorem for random walks in balanced environments