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.

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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oblong

adjective

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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