Definition of Oblong

1. Noun. A plane figure that deviates from a square or circle due to elongation.

2. Adjective. (of a leaf shape) having a somewhat elongated form with approximately parallel sides.
Similar to: Simple, Unsubdivided

3. Adjective. Deviating from a square or circle or sphere by being elongated in one direction.
Similar to: Long
Derivative terms: Oblongness

Definition of Oblong

1. a. Having greater length than breadth, esp. when rectangular.

2. n. A rectangular figure longer than it is broad; hence, any figure longer than it is broad.

Definition of Oblong

1. Adjective. Describing something that is longer than it is wide. ¹

2. Adjective. Roughly rectangular or ellipsoidal. ¹

3. Noun. Something with an oblong shape. ¹

4. Noun. A rectangle having length greater than width. ¹

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Definition of Oblong

1. something that is oblong (elongated) [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Oblong

oblivious transfer
oblong (current term)
oblong fovea of arytenoid cartilage
oblong leaf
oblong number
oblong pit of arytenoid cartilage
oblong woodsia

Literary usage of Oblong

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1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"Pseudobulbs about 1 ft. high, with 2-3 linear-oblong Ivs. at the top: racemes erect, 9 in. long, bearing 12-25 fls., each subtended by a reflexed bract ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1901)
"sepals oblong, undulate, apiculate; petals obtuse, apiculate, wider; both light yellow, with many abrupt, narrow, concentric brown markings: blade of the ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"Its definition is not matter of controversy; it is an oblong building, divided by rows of pillars into three (or sometimes five) aisles, the central one the ..."

4. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"RANGE STREET ROAD, oblong TOWNSHIP, CRAWFORD COUNTY. ... This road in oblong is a connecting link in a system of macadam roads, which extends entirely ..."

5. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States: Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1898)
"Leaves oblong, or broadly lanceolate, acuminate at the apex, ... Stem leaves oblong, ovate, or lanceolate. •X- -X- Completely glabrous throughout, ..."

6. Gray's New Manual of Botany: A Handbook of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of by Asa Gray, Benjamin Lincoln Robinson, Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1908)
"Frond broadly ovate, or the fertile ovate-oblong (6-10 dm. long) ... Fronds more narrowly ovate-oblong, slightly firmer, the lowest pinnae on rather long ..."

7. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"... half the length of the limb ; claw slightly villous, without auricles : filaments slightly exserted : stipe 3 lines long, as long as the oblong ovary. ..."

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