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[ob-lawng, -long] /ˈɒbˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
elongated, usually from the square or circular form.
in the form of a rectangle one of whose dimensions is greater than the other.
an oblong figure.
Origin of oblong
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English oblonge < Latin oblongus rather long, equivalent to ob- ob- + longus long1
Related forms
oblongish, adjective
oblongly, adverb
oblongness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oblong
  • The oblong ball takes a funny bounce, and even good teams sometimes need it to bounce their way.
  • Rosettes of oblong leaves with pointed tips subtend tufted evening-primrose's flower stalks.
  • oblong flower heads form on more add to my plant list.
  • The second attempt was a success, squashing the ring into an oblong shape.
  • As the team worked, the oblong chunks of ice spiraled as they drifted east and northeast.
  • The bathtub is a galvanized oblong water trough from tractor supply.
  • Roll each tightly and shape them into two oblong loaves.
  • Put a large oblong baking pan in the oven with the fat.
  • In an oblong depression, covered with weeds, the decaying skulls are unearthed side by side.
  • Basically, it is an oblong wooden plank with two rockers underneath.
British Dictionary definitions for oblong


having an elongated, esp rectangular, shape
a figure or object having this shape
Word Origin
C15: from Latin oblongus, from ob- (intensive) + longuslong1
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Word Origin and History for oblong

early 15c., from Latin oblongus "more long than broad," originally "somewhat long," from ob "to, toward," here perhaps intensive (see ob-) + longus "long" (see long (adj.)). As a noun from c.1600.

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