Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make or grow longer.
  • adj. Made longer; extended.
  • adj. Having more length than width; slender.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. lengthened, extended.
  • adj. slender.
  • v. To make long or longer by pulling and stretching; to make elongated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Drawn out at length; elongated.
  • intransitive v. To depart to, or be at, a distance; esp., to recede apparently from the sun, as a planet in its orbit.
  • transitive v. To lengthen; to extend; to stretch.
  • transitive v. To remove further off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make long or longer; lengthen; extend, stretch, or draw out in length: as, to elongate a rope by splicing.
  • To remove further off.
  • To recede; move to a greater distance; particularly, to recede apparently from the sun, as a planet in its orbit.
  • Lengthened; extended or produced; attenuated; specifically, in zoology and botany, disproportionately or comparatively long or extended: as, a worm has an elongate body; a proboscis is an elongate snout; elongate antennæ are about as long as the body of an insect; elongate elytra extend beyond the abdomen; an elongate flower-stem.

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

  • v. make long or longer by pulling and stretching
  • adj. (of a leaf shape) long and narrow
  • adj. having notably more length than width; being long and slender

Etymologies

Late Latin ēlongāre, ēlongāt-; see eloign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin elongare, elongat-, a combination of ex- ("out") + longus ("long"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Second, the best CWBs, like this one, have their belt loops higher than your waist, a neat trick to elongate your legs.

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  • I will endeavor to preserve them as they elongate; protecting them from the distortion of multiple seasons.

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  • “We had always expected a gap-filler with typically intermediate features such as a moderately elongate tail – neither long nor short – but the strange thing about Darwinopterus is that it has a head and neck just like that of advanced pterosaurs, while the rest of the skeleton, including a very long tail, is identical to that of primitive forms”.

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  • For shorter women attempting the look, Ms. Roy suggests wearing a high heel in a shade that's close to one's skin tone, which will create an optical illusion to "elongate your line and give you as much leg as possible," she says.

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