lunge

noun
\ ˈlənj How to pronounce lunge (audio) \

Definition of lunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a quick thrust or jab (as of a sword) usually made by leaning or striding forward
2 : a sudden forward rush or reach made a lunge to catch the ball
3 : an exercise in which a person in a standing position steps forward into a position in which the front knee is deeply bent while keeping the torso erect and then returns back to the starting position also : a similar exercise in which the initial movement is to the side rather than forward

Note: A lunge can be done while holding weights or without weights.

lunge

verb
lunged; lunging

Definition of lunge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a lunge : move with or as if with a lunge
2 : to perform a lunge exercise (see lunge entry 1 sense 3)

transitive verb

: to thrust or propel (something, such as a blow) in a lunge

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Synonyms for lunge

Synonyms: Noun

dab, dig, jab, poke

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Examples of lunge in a Sentence

Noun

He made a lunge at me with his knife. He made a desperate lunge for the ball.

Verb

He lunged at me with his knife. She lunged across the table. The crocodile lunged at its prey. The dog lunged for his throat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unfortunately, that just makes the creature lunge at him instead, killing him brutally. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 His desperate lunge was caught on the grim video of the shooting at the Al Noor mosque, where police say Australian Brenton Tarrant on Friday killed 41 people at the beginning of a rampage that ultimately left 50 dead. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Trapped in Christchurch Mosque, Worshiper Attempted to Disarm Shooter," 16 Mar. 2019 The whale’s impressive lunges out of the water for air can be seen from the USS Hornet Sea - Sea, Air and Space Museum in Alameda. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Humpback whale takes flight in front of SF skyline in amazing photo," 17 June 2019 For example, Thompson will likely include the lunge exercise to strengthen his hip and thigh (see picture A), with special attention to avoid a knee valgus position (see picture B), which increases stress on his ACL and knee joint. Colin Hoobler, oregonlive.com, "Klay Thompson’s torn ACL: How rehabilitation and return might go for the Golden State Warriors guard," 17 June 2019 Candace will use them to do bicep curls and rows, and hold them while doing squats, lunges, and side twists to make her muscles work just a little bit harder. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Candace Cameron Bure's Must-Haves For Working Out At Home," 14 Aug. 2018 Starts with a spout On one trip, Sunday, Black reported that 10 humpbacks were sighted lunge feeding, and on another, humpbacks were sighted spouting, fluking and feeding. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Whales, killer sharks steal some of U.S. Open’s thunder in Monterey Bay," 12 June 2019 Stand with your left foot forward and your right foot back and bend into a lunge to stretch the right hip flexor. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "A warmup and cool down routine for runners," 4 June 2019 Take a step back with your right leg, lowering your body into a lunge. Ashley B. Greenblatt, https://www.inquirer.com, "4 exercises to prevent summer sports injuries," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s where founding instructors guided 20 Houston socials through planks and burpees, push-ups and bicep curls, squats and lunges. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Megan Cushing helps open Barry’s Bootcamp Houston, the ‘best workout in the world’," 10 July 2019 In the second attack, on Thursday, the bobcat lunged at a couple and bit the heel of one of the hikers, McKenney said. Adrian Rodriguez, The Mercury News, "Bobcat captured after attacks on Marin hikers," 18 June 2019 After Barajas came to again serve as shepherd, Green kept yelling and at one point lunged at Everitt from behind his bearish bench coach. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Machado, Green ejected; Padres lose to Rockies," 16 June 2019 And the devastating injuries to the Warriors meant that the other Western Conference teams see an opening and are lunging toward it. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Pacific Ocean? It’s the NBA and all its offseason drama that remains undefeated," 17 June 2019 The human body has five fundamental movement patterns: hinging, lunging, pushing, pulling, and rotating. Ashley B. Greenblatt, https://www.inquirer.com, "4 exercises to prevent summer sports injuries," 4 June 2019 Besides, most people think of food allergies and their minds fly to an image of a child with a nut allergy who has accidentally been fed a peanut and must now lunge for his EpiPen. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "The Diet of the Future Will Be Designed Just For You," 28 Apr. 2016 The jump lunge portion specifically adds plyometric work and the cardio. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Lower Body With This One Bodyweight Exercise," 21 Apr. 2019 Also, just like squatting, different people may lunge slightly differently. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of lunge

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1772, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lunge

Noun

modification of French allonge extension, reach, from Old French alonge, from alongier to lengthen, from Vulgar Latin *allongare, from Latin ad- ad- + Late Latin longare, from Latin longus long

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lunge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden forward movement

lunge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lunge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or reach forward in a sudden, forceful way

lunge

noun
\ ˈlənj How to pronounce lunge (audio) \

Kids Definition of lunge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden movement forward … the shark opened his mouth … and made a lunge at the peach.— Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

lunge

verb
lunged; lunging

Kids Definition of lunge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or reach forward in a sudden forceful way She lunged across the table.

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