• An adult elephant with long tusks
    An adult elephant with long tusks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv longingly in a yearning manner "he spent the rest of the act gazing longingly over my right shoulder at the illuminated word `Exit'"
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1975, it cost only $180,000 to produce an hour-long TV drama.
    • adv Longingly With longing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Olympic pools are 50 meters long.
    • longingly With eager desire or craving.
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “Superior people never make long visits.”
  • David Hasselhoff
    David Hasselhoff
    “If you stand still long enough, you'll get stuck”
  • Sir Edward Appleton
    Sir Edward Appleton
    “I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is an language I do not understand.”
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    “Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.”
  • Saying
    “Things refuse to be mismanaged long.”


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.


In literature:

He got 'em up long 'fore sunup and wuked 'em in de fields long as dey could see how to wuk.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Solomon got sick and he lay dere sufferin' a long, long time, but Mr. Moss and Mr. Levy seed dat he didn't want for nothin'.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
That is the long and short of it.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Entering the room he had just quitted, he locked the door, and there he remained for a long, long time.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
It's a long way from Ticonderoga to this city, too long a road for the French army to travel.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
I 'members she used to whip me every time she tell me to do something and I take too long to move 'long and do it.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
She seized the horn that hung beside the door and blew the pioneer's long call of danger.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
One cook cooked it all in one kitchen and they all sat around the same big old long table long as a house.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Mr. Heath is longing to try it.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Kate drew a long, long breath of relief when she closed the door after her.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming

In poetry:

It is not long since I was whole,
Nor since I did in every part
free-will resigne:
It is not long since in my sole
Possession, I did know my hart,
and to be mine.
"The Sheepheard Firmius His Song" by Bartholomew Young
In her care to see that nought went wrong,
Now the mother happen'd to draw near;
At the door long hearkens she, full long,
Wond'ring at the sounds that greet her ear.
"The Bride Of Corinth" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Among the broken cliff and falling water,
Freezing or falling quietly everywhere;
Locked in a long, long sleep, his brain undreaming,
With only water moving anywhere.
"The Unloosening" by John Freeman
Give me your hand; long, long ago I sat
With Lalage beneath the flowering tree;
As you she sat and mused with love-lit eyes—
Ah ! Chloe, weave a golden dream for me.
"Senex Ad Chloen" by Ethel Clifford
And my soul, overwhelmed with despair,
Cried out on the city and mart!--
How I longed, how I longed to be there,
Away from the struggle and smart,
By her and my heart!
"On Chenoweth’s Run" by Madison Julius Cawein
Long, long ago, ere yet our race began,
When earth was empty, waiting still for man,
Before the breath of life to him was given
The angels fell into a strife in heaven.
"A Servian Legend" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

A fellow who's been dead for a long, long time.
Long before he earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School, long before he became a Silicon Valley wunderkind (and Time magazine cover subject), long before he served as a US Consul General and Chief of Mission, the Hon.
"The Lily's Revenge": Five Hour-Long Play Is Five Hours Too Long.
Song Long Bakery is the Little Saigon version of Jax Donuts or Norms: a standard, one that has stood for so long people take it for granted, leaving the venue to old-timers who never challenge the owners to create something fresh.
Spending hours in school after a long summer break can make for a long, dry day.
Two weeks might seem a long time for seven of Minus Granger's long-lost cousins to stay with him at his home.
Tony Robbins speaks during the Maria Shriver Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 25, 2010 in Long Beach, California.
I write you from autumnal New England with one quick question about a Chicago food tradition, Best's Kosher Franks, which were made in the Windy City for a long, long time.
It's been a long, long wait for Kid Icarus : Uprising.
A child-hating "playah" who learns to love his lady friend's (Nia Long) two bratty kids while trapped in a car with them during a long road trip.
Long Map for a Long Park.
Former state trooper Curly Long was honored with a reception at the Pike County Courthouse for his long service to law enforcement.
Chick-fil-A goes a long, long way for customer .
I knew Dale Long and this is long overdue.
It has been a problem for weeks, long lines and long waits at county tag offices.

In science:

The interpretation of the above proposition is the following: if λj is the affine subspace passing through I j (tj ) with direction space Λj , then as long as I j (t) remains in the domain Brj (ωj ), it is ε-close to λj for an exponentially long time with respect to m.
Generic Nekhoroshev theory without small divisors
These stars are referred to as long period sdBV stars or V1093 Her stars after the prototype. V1093 Her stars are cooler than their short-period counterparts, although their instability regions appear to overlap around Teff ∼29 kK, where they can display simultaneous short and long period pulsations.
A survey for pulsating subdwarf B stars with the Nordic Optical Telescope
However, since follow-up of such long-period variable ob jects can easily be done with smaller telescopes using long integration times, no follow-up was attempted on these stars with the not.
A survey for pulsating subdwarf B stars with the Nordic Optical Telescope
We can do so by computing the long exact sequence of the pair (Ai ∩ B , Ai ∩ Bu ) using the same arguments that we used to compute the long exact sequence of the pair (B , Bu).
Topology of hypersurface singularities with 3-dimensional critical set
Indeed, the important fact in the proof of the referred lemmas is that orbits of points in the central direction stay close to orbits of the quadratic map Q for long periods, as long as α > 0 is taken sufficiently small.
Strong stochastic stability for non-uniformly expanding maps