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

  • n. A sudden thrust or pass, as with a sword.
  • n. A sudden forward movement or plunge.
  • intransitive v. To make a sudden thrust or pass.
  • intransitive v. To move with a sudden thrust.
  • transitive v. To cause (someone) to lunge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden forward movement, especially with a sword.
  • n. A long rope or flat web line, more commonly referred to as a lunge line, approximately 20-30 feet long, attached to the bridle, lungeing cavesson, or halter of a horse and is used to control the animal while lungeing.
  • n. An exercise performed by stepping forward one leg while kneeling with the other leg, then returning back to a standing position.
  • n. A fish, the namaycush.
  • v. To make a sudden forward movement (present participle: lunging).
  • v. To longe or work a horse in a circle around a handler (present participle: lunging or lungeing).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden thrust or pass, as with a sword.
  • n. Same as namaycush.
  • intransitive v. To make a lunge.
  • transitive v. To cause to go round in a ring, as a horse, while holding his halter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrust, as in fencing, with the sword or foil; make a thrust forward; plunge.
  • To hide; skulk.
  • To cause to move in a plunging or jumping manner, as a horse held by a long rein, for exercise or training.
  • n. In fencing, a thrust.
  • n. Any sudden forward movement of a person or thing resembling the lunge of a fencer; a plunge; a lurch: as, the lunge of a coach.
  • n. Same as longe.
  • n. A long rope used to train a horse; also, the circular track or ring where horses are trained by cantering them around the edge of the ring in one direction with the aid of a lunge.

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

  • v. make a thrusting forward movement
  • n. (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
  • n. the act of moving forward suddenly


From alteration of obsolete allonge, to thrust, from French allonger, from Old French alongier, to lengthen : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + long, long (from Latin longus; see del-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French allonge, from Old French alonge, from alongier, from Vulgar Latin *allongare, from ad + Late Latin longare, from Latin longus. (Wiktionary)



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