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  • n. Plural form of lengthening.

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Examples

  • During the journey round the world the aggregate of these shortenings or lengthenings will amount to twenty-four hours, so that on arriving again in England by the easterly route you will have gained a day, and instead of its being Wednesday, as you might think, it would be

    Life and sport in China Second Edition

  • So marked is the time element, with the compensatory lengthenings and pauses, that the poem almost demands to be chanted rather than read; but when well chanted it is peculiarly musical, and when ill read it is horribly ragged and choppy.

    The Principles of English Versification

  • This in turn is set in motion by certain lengthenings and contractions of the appropriate part of the muscular system.

    Man or Matter

  • Innumerable other needless lengthenings might be produced, from which we choose only preventative for preventive, and to experimentalize for to experiment.

    Formations.

  • She was born with a missing growth plate in her left leg and a flat hip socket and has undergone 18 operations, including five major leg lengthenings.

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  • His letters to Murray during the autumn of 1817 announce these successive lengthenings; but it is impossible to trace the exact order of their composition.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 2

  • Scowen, who was born with a missing growth plate in her left leg and a flat hip socket and has undergone 18 operations, including five major leg lengthenings.

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  • "irregularities" the sudden pauses, shifts of direction, and lengthenings or shortenings of phrases by which Haydn created momentary surprises and delights without losing his grip on the underlying form.

    Finished Symphonies

  • -- a series of contractings and lengthenings and, undulations so rapid as to allow of being only half seen: it alarms also, because the thing seems perpetually about to disappear, and because you know that to lose sight of it for one moment involves the very unpleasant chance of finding it upon you the next, -- perhaps between skin and clothing.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • These indications, moreover, cover normal utterance only; in emotional language or elocutionary delivery there are deliberate and arbitrary lengthenings and shortenings. [

    The Principles of English Versification

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