Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Over the length of: walked along the path.
  • prep. On a line or course parallel and close to; continuously beside: rowed along the shore; the trees along the avenue.
  • prep. In accordance with: The committee split along party lines over the issue.
  • adv. Forward; onward: We drove along, admiring the view. Farther along, we passed a hitchhiker.
  • adv. As a companion: Bring your friend along.
  • adv. In accompaniment or association; together: packed an atlas along with other books. See Usage Note at together.
  • adv. With one; at hand: Luckily, I had my camera along. Our guests should be along soon.
  • adv. Informal Advanced to some degree: getting along in years.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.
  • prep. In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.
  • adv. In company; together.
  • adv. Onward, forward, with progressive action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • (Now heard only in the prep. phrase along of.)
  • adv. By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.
  • adv. In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.
  • adv. In company; together.
  • prep. By the length of, as distinguished from across.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Through or by the length of; from one end to or toward the other of; lengthwise or in a longitudinal direction through, over, or by the side of: implying motion or direction: as, to walk along a river or highway.
  • By the length; lengthwise; parallel to or in a line with the length.
  • In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward: as, let us walk along.
  • In company; together.
  • Owing to; on account of: with of, formerly with on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a more advanced state
  • adv. in accompaniment or as a companion
  • adv. in addition (usually followed by `with')
  • adv. with a forward motion
  • adv. in line with a length or direction (often followed by `by' or `beside')

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English andlang, extending opposite : and-, facing; see ant- in Indo-European roots + lang, long; see long1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English andlang from prefix and- + lang ("long"). (Wiktionary)

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