oblong

adjective
ob·​long | \ ˈä-ˌblȯŋ How to pronounce oblong (audio) \

Definition of oblong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deviating from a square, circular, or spherical form by elongation in one dimension an oblong piece of paper an oblong melon — see leaf illustration

oblong

noun

Definition of oblong (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is oblong These paintings, predominately black with vertical or horizontal bisections of white mixed with streaks of red, blue, or ochre, are reminiscent of … Mark Rothko's irradiated oblongs.The New Yorker

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Oblong is a general but useful term for describing the shape of things such as leaves. There's no such thing as an oblong circle, since a stretched circle has to be called an oval, and any rectangle that isn't square is oblong, at least if it's lying on its side (such rectangles can actually be called oblongs). Pills are generally oblong rather than round, to slide down the throat more easily. An oblong table will often fit a living space better than a square or round one with the same area. And people are always buried in oblong boxes.

Examples of oblong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Found alongside such objects as a potential bone comb, a pin or brooch, and what may be a corroded metal spear point, the oblong, one-inch-long token is made out of polished bone, according to Gary Porter of the Chester Standard. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Roman Gaming Piece Crafted Out of Bone Found in England," 15 Sep. 2020 In all likelihood, the Pro will strongly resemble one of the current-generation Pro or Amazon Eero devices; the dual-band Gateway and Extender models share a single diagram, which looks to be smaller and more oblong than the Pro. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Eero mesh Wi-Fi 6 hardware test results have been spotted at the FCC," 14 Sep. 2020 The reward should be a view of the distinctly oblong silhouette of the planet and its ring system. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "A Feel-Good Summer Hit, Coming to a Sky Near You," 4 Sep. 2020 Analyzing a game that features an oblong shaped ball with a mind of its own can be a challenge. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football: 32 sleepers and busts for 2020 NFL season," 4 Sep. 2020 Over that time frame, outgassing could have molded the comet's oblong shape without destroying it entirely. Rafi Letzter, Scientific American, "Mystery of Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Gets Trickier," 19 Aug. 2020 The original blob transforms into a regular geometric object: an oblong shape with straight sides and rounded ends. Quanta Magazine, "Math of the Penguins," 17 Aug. 2020 The smooth, oblong birch-veneer handle is a pleasure to grip. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Make Beer and Oysters a Party With This Multitasking Tool," 17 Aug. 2020 In mid- to late summer, oblong fruits ripen to a blueberry-like blue/black color and vary widely in acidity, size and overall flavor. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Honeysuckles are the bane of our collective horticultural existence. Here's why," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of oblong

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oblong

Adjective

Middle English oblonge, oblong, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French oblonge, borrowed from Latin oblongus "of greater length than breadth," from ob-, perhaps in sense "facing, against" + longus "having linear extent, long" — more at ob-, long entry 1

Noun

derivative of oblong entry 1

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Time Traveler for oblong

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The first known use of oblong was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oblong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oblong. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for oblong

oblong

adjective
How to pronounce oblong (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of oblong

US : longer in one direction than in the other direction
chiefly British : having four straight sides that meet at right angles and having two opposite sides that are short and two opposite sides that are long

oblong

adjective
ob·​long | \ ˈä-ˌblȯŋ How to pronounce oblong (audio) \

Kids Definition of oblong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: different from a square, circle, or sphere by being longer in one direction than the other an oblong tablecloth an oblong melon

oblong

noun

Kids Definition of oblong (Entry 2 of 2)

: a figure or object that is larger in one direction than the other

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