• WordNet 3.6
    • n lingering the act of tarrying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lingering Delaying.
    • Lingering Drawn out in time; remaining long; protracted; as, a lingering disease. "To die is the fate of man; but to die with lingering anguish is generally his folly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lingering Drawing out in time; remaining long; protracted; dilatory in action: as, a lingering illness; lingering poisons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lingering protracted
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lengan, to protract—lang, long.


In literature:

I waited till he should be better, and the malady lingered.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The war lingered on for three years more.
"An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)" by Robert S. Rait
But you, sir, must not linger.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
I murmured that I still was obliged to linger.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers; and I linger on the shore And the individual withers, and the world is more and more.
"The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3" by Various
I lingered in the smoking-room about midnight for a moment after Forrester left us.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
Joanna did not linger to listen.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
She inferred that the guest had not yet come; and after lingering ten or fifteen minutes she turned again towards home.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
And yet he lingered.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
This afternoon the callers had their cake and tea, and lingered long afterwards.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

"A few more days and I am gone,
The hours move swift and sure along;
Yet still I fain would linger on
In hearing of the Christmas song.
"New Year" by Abram Joseph Ryan
If any song that I have sung
Should rest a moment on the lips,
Or linger kindly on the tongue
Of friends, when death, whose finger tips
"If Any Song That I Have Sung" by Alexander Anderson
If such a song should linger still
On lips behind me, let it be
A voice that wakens at its will,
And, singing, brings no thought of me.
"If Any Song That I Have Sung" by Alexander Anderson
Upon my parchment, sadly old,
The record lives of Summer's gold;
And in my veins there lingers now
The joy of Spring's awakening bough.
"An Autumn Leaf" by Charles Hanson Towne
Who shall tell me what I dream?
Ages lingering in a night,— Thronging thoughts of things that teem
With wonder, terror, and delight!
"Dreams" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
That was their art; they died unknown,
Not caring, if they left behind
A single snatch, a tender tone,
To linger with their fellow kind.
"A Singer In The Street" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Questions linger over piping Hanford's nuclear waste to treatment plant.
Questions linger over death of deputy's girlfriend.
Privacy concerns linger over Google and Apple's new 3-D map images.
Questions linger over Gaddafi's death.
Doubts Linger Over Targeting Al-Qaida Safe Havens.
Questions linger over group's "responsible" prescribing.
Mike D'Antoni doesn't like to linger much during press conferences these days.
The script for The Rundown has lingered for more than a decade and was originally a Patrick Swayze vehicle, well before those wheels fell off.
Although building occupants may spend just a few minutes in the restroom, a lasting impression often lingers after the visit.
Better, but perhaps a whiff of the frathouse lingers.
David King left Bedlam win because of lingering ankle injury.
No lingering football season to blame it on.
Lingering post-election issues will keep companies away from Illinois, speakers say.
The Ford Fusion bowls over lingering misconceptions about Detroit's ability to make top-notch family cars.
For Widely Used Drug, Question of Usefulness Is Still Lingering.

In science:

Smul’jan,An operator Hel linger integral, Amer.
Bilateral Shorted Operators and Parallel Sums
Endow eF with the Borel σ -field induced by the Hel linger metric d.
Nonparametric Bayesian Classification
Lingering random walks in random environment on a strip.
Behavior of random walk on discrete point processes
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