longing

Definitions

  • An adult elephant with long tusks
    An adult elephant with long tusks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n longing prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
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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
DEEP CUTTING, FORTY FEET LONG DEEP CUTTING, FORTY FEET LONG
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
LONG-TAILED TIT LONG-TAILED TIT
"Thou canst only be my long lost son Elkanan!" "Thou canst only be my long lost son Elkanan!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Great White Shark can grow to be more than twenty feet long and can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds
    • n Longing An eager desire; a craving; a morbid appetite; an earnest wish; an aspiration. "Put on my crown; I have
      immortal longings in me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: U.S. bills are 2.61 inches wide, 6.14 inches long, and are .0043 inches thick and weigh 1 gram
    • n longing An eager desire; an earnest wish or craving.
    • n longing Specifically, in pathology, one of the peculiar and often whimsical desires experienced by pregnant women. Synonyms Hankering, yearning, aspiration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Nile river is 6,690 kilometers long
    • Longing an eager desire, craving, esp. of the whimsical desires sometimes felt in pregnancy
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Quotations

  • Lewis L. Lewisohn
    Lewis L. Lewisohn
    “His shortcoming is his long staying.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact.”
  • Finley Peter Dunne
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    “It don't make much difference what you study, so long as you don't like it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you torture data long enough, it will tell you anything you want !”
  • Dan Mckinnon
    Dan Mckinnon
    “Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.”

Idioms

A long row to hoe - Something that is a long row to hoe is a difficult task that takes a long time.
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By a long chalk - (UK) If you beat somebody by a long chalk, you win easily and comfortably.
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Cast a long shadow - Something or someone that casts a long shadow has considerable influence on other people or events.
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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.
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Draw a long bow - If someone draws a long bow, they lie or exaggerate.
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Honest as the day is long - Someone who is as honest as the day is long is very trustworthy or honest.
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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.
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In the long run - This means 'over a long period of time', 'in the end' or 'in the final result'.
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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.
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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.
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Long face - Someone with a long face is sad or depressed about something.
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Long in the tooth - If someone is long in the tooth, they are a bit too old to do something.
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Long shot - If something is a long shot, there is only a very small chance of success.
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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.
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Long time no see - 'Long time no see' means that the speaker has not seen that person for a long time.
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

After waiting there what seemed a long time, I saw Captain Knowlton on the stairs.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The night created many longings in him, a confusion of longings, of which he was just becoming aware.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
How he longed to participate in their sports.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Millions long to go there, and when they have been, long to get away again.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
My husband's been dead a long, long time now.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
In looking for something in the garret, Christie had found a book that had been missing for a long time.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
She urged me to work hard, that I might be independent; but it will be a long time before I can become so.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
She came to his bedside long before the usual hour of rising and awoke him.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was not, however, till long, long after that I found all this out.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Used to wear the skirts long, with them long trains that trail behind you.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
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In poetry:

Still the swallows come, still the swallows come,
And the empty chest is filled--
But this longing dumb, but this longing dumb
Shall ne'er be stilled.
"From My Childhood Days" by Friedrich Ruckert
The triple leaf - St. Patrick's flow'r -
Long may it grow, long may it bear
Those symbols of the mighty Pow'r,
That rules the sea, the earth, the air.
"St. Patrick's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young
And, oh! through long, long years to come,
Shall sad, but tend'rest thoughts of thee,
Within the circle of thy home,
Be shrin'd and cherish'd faithfully!
"On the Death of Major Whitefoord, December 15th 1825" by Eliza Acton
And, through the long, long summer hours,
When every bird had won its wing,
How sweet to think, amidst thy flowers,
That youth might yet renew its spring;--
"Flight To Nature" by William Gilmore Simms
Lie in my arms, as long, long syne,
And sleepe on my bosom, deere wounded thing,—
I'm nae sae glee as I used to be,
Or I'd sing you the songs I used to sing.
"Ailsie, My Bairn" by Eugene Field
And now, it seems to me,
That long full breath he drew,
Like perfume shed on air,
Still dwells within the tree,
Though long ago he flew,
And left it naked there.
"The First Thrush" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE

In news:

CHAMPAIGN — All season long, the Morris Redskins football team has thrived on the big play, be it the long run, a timely turnover or a huge special teams play.
Challenges the Industry to Help Double Donations at the Behind the Scenes / Long Reach Long Riders USITT Raffle.
Long heads home against Chelsea Posted: Nov 17, 2012 Find out how West Brom striker Shane Long broke free of David Luiz to give his s.
Taylor Vanlangen in long jump S-Track-girls-Taylor- Long-Jump .
Lynne released one solo album, Armchair Theater in 1990, and 22 years later, on October 9, released a second, Long Wave , a tribute to the classics he heard on the BBC on his father's long-wave radio in the late '50s and early '60s.
The study of magic square s has a long, long history.
Long Wharf Theater Stage II, New Haven, Conn. A Long Wharf Theater presentation of a play in two acts by Lynn Redgrave.
Hawaii is a long way from Long Beach, and you can't drive there.
Bill Clinton's long, long speech about the meanie Republicans.
R90 long range readers ideal for installations incorporating parking and long read range with access control.
A long long time ago there was a man who lived a very disappointing life.
That's how high — and how fast — the water level rose on Park Avenue in Long Beach, one of the southernmost towns on Long Island.
Fia can gaze longingly at them during naptime and I can dream longingly of sticking them in her mouth, knowing I'm being carefully watched.
Long, long before we posted pictures to Facebook and Flickr, a lot went into taking a photograph.
A long, long time: N.J. Astronaut set for 2 years of training, then a year in space.
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In science:

In this paper, the concepts of “strong dependence” and “long-range dependence” are the same as “long memory”.
The V/S test of long-range dependence in random fields
Long−term powr. constr. − minimax Long−term powr. constr. − maximin Short−term powr. constr.
Jamming in Fixed-Rate Wireless Systems with Power Constraints - Part I: Fast Fading Channels
Long−term powr. constr. − pure str. minimax Long−term powr. constr. − pure str. maximin Short−term powr. constr.
Jamming in Fixed-Rate Wireless Systems with Power Constraints - Part I: Fast Fading Channels
These phase drifts do not have a noticeable effect on the excess noise as long as their typical variation time is long relatively to the length of the data block used to evaluate the phase.
Field test of a continuous-variable quantum key distribution prototype
For magnets with Ising symmetry, long range order is stable in three dimensions (3D) as long as the random fields are weak but the properties close to the phase transition are strongly modified.
Random Field effects in field-driven quantum critical points
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