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

  • adj. Deviating from a square, circular, or spherical form by being elongated in one direction.
  • adj. Having the shape of or resembling a rectangle or an ellipse.
  • adj. Botany Having a somewhat elongated form with approximately parallel sides: an oblong leaf.
  • n. An object or figure, such as a rectangle, with an elongated shape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Describing something that is longer than it is wide.
  • adj. Roughly rectangular or ellipsoidal.
  • n. Something with an oblong shape.
  • n. A rectangle having length greater than width.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having greater length than breadth, esp. when rectangular.
  • n. A rectangular figure longer than it is broad; hence, any figure longer than it is broad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Elongated; having one principal axis considerably longer than the others.
  • n. A figure of which the length is greater than the breadth; specifically, in geometry, a rectangle whose length exceeds its breadth.

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

  • n. a plane figure that deviates from a square or circle due to elongation
  • adj. deviating from a square or circle or sphere by being elongated in one direction
  • adj. (of a leaf shape) having a somewhat elongated form with approximately parallel sides

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin oblongus : ob-, intensive pref. (sense uncertain); see ob- + longus, long.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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