lunge

noun
\ ˈlənj \

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

Unlike lunges and squats, which involve a lot of bending and straightening of the knees, the movement in the kettlebell swing comes from the hips. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Do the Perfect Kettlebell Swing," 4 Jan. 2019 Bend your knees to lower your body into a lunge position, keeping both knees at 90º angles and all your weight in your heels, then push up slowly to start position. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Get Christina Perri's Workout Secrets!," 12 Jan. 2012 This doesn’t have to be a 5-mile run or even a dreaded visit to the gym—even doing some push-ups and lunges in your living room can help. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "6 Simple Things That Help Me Deal With Holiday Depression," 29 Nov. 2018 The monstrosities scramble over the cockpit and lunge at me even once I’m settled inside. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: leaving the nest," 1 Aug. 2018 Jumping lunges were next, as everyone reached with opposite arms in the water while jumping in place. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Retirement center residents get a great workout in the pool," 24 Sep. 2018 Without pausing, push through the heel of your left foot and the ball of your right foot to jump up, switching your stance again and sinking down into the lunge. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 The manager had initially tried to break up a fight between a customer and employee, but was knocked over after the customer made one last lunge at the employee. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man smashes credit card machine at Pizza Hut after order takes too long," 14 Feb. 2018 Continue this lunge and shoulder press sequence 10 times then repeat on the opposite side. Philly.com, "4 essential strength training moves for cyclists," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Media: GeoBeats One of the more recent encounters, according to committee members, involved an alligator lunging at a pet in East End Park. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston gators, River Grove boat ramp: 3 highlights from the July KSA Parks meeting," 13 July 2018 When Hinton doesn’t comply, the officer releases the dog, which lunges and gets a mouthful of Hinton’s clothing. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Man sues state over troopers’ role in videotaped beating," 24 July 2018 The twin absences blend together, forming a void that Ciccio fills with books, music, women and increasingly lunging efforts to discover the fates of his missing siblings. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Ungraspable ‘Miracle’ of Machado de Assis," 28 June 2018 When an armed student entered his Indiana classroom and started firing, the teacher lunged at the shooter and stopped the gunfire. Holly Yan, CNN, "Teacher who tackled gunman speaks out for the first time since getting shot," 28 May 2018 Racing halfway across China Basin to the scene, and in grave danger of being trampled by right fielder Scott Schebler, Gennett somehow made a lunging catch in fair territory to stun the crowd and prevent a tie game. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "In this year’s NL West, Giants’ record is no catastrophe," 16 May 2018 The seal could have lunged at the man instead of simply turning toward him. Fox News, "Tourist in Hawaii fined for harassing endangered animals," 27 Aug. 2018 As officers walked into her home, Muller suddenly lunged at them with a 10-inch knife, police said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Knife-wielding woman killed by New York City police had 'history of calls' to her home, officials say," 19 Sep. 2018 Police said Elifritz lunged at officers before five other Portland officers and one sheriff's deputy fired lethal shots, killing him. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Homeless shelter shooting: Police release videos, investigation reports," 25 May 2018

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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 \

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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