elongation

noun
elon·ga·tion | \(ˌ)ē-ˌlȯŋ-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of elongation 

1 : the angular distance in the sky between a celestial body and another around which it revolves or between a celestial body and a particular point (such as the point where its path intersects the horizon) the elongation of Venus from the Sun

2a : the state of being elongated or lengthened also : the process of elongating

b : something that is elongated

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Examples of elongation in a Sentence

the elongation of artificial fibers in the manufacturing process

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Fillers aren’t as helpful for people with severe elongations or complete tears, though, and require touch-ups every six months to a year. Talia Abbas, SELF, "So, You Ripped a Hole in Your Earlobe—Here's How to Fix It," 1 May 2018 The 26-year-old’s condition is characterized by an elongation of a person’s fingers and toes. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Nemours among Orlando hospitals turning to video games for help," 13 Apr. 2018 Park Service horticulturalists monitor a specific group of Yoshino cherry trees to track them through the six stages to peak bloom: green buds, florets visible, extension of florets, peduncle elongation, puffy white and peak bloom. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "The cherry blossoms are speeding toward peak bloom, expected April 5-8," 3 Apr. 2018 One of the women smiled at me, managing both politeness and viciousness in a single elongation of the lips. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "The Kardashians Killed the Hamptons," 3 July 2014 Typical calf muscle strains/tears lead to elongation and separation of fibers which requires healing and, thus, linger. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Antonio Brown looks good in practice, should be good to go," 9 Jan. 2018 Though already interminable, a strappy sandal ensured further elongation, resulting in a compelling argument for summer's more glamorous side—as well as the benefits of a seasonless sculpting workout. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gisele Bündchen's Secret for Making Her Legs Look Even Longer," 17 Aug. 2017 Suddenly, the caricature feels less like a perversion or elongation of the truth than a terrifying new reality. vanityfair.com, "How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool," 20 July 2017 Suddenly, the caricature feels less like a perversion or elongation of the truth than a terrifying new reality. Peter Savodnik, The Hive, "How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of elongation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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elongation

noun
elon·ga·tion | \(ˌ)ē-ˌlȯŋ-ˈgā-shən \

Medical Definition of elongation 

1 : the state of being elongated or lengthened also : the process of growing or increasing in length chain elongation in DNA synthesis the elongation of a muscle under tension

2 : something that is elongated

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