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prolonge

[proh-lonj; French praw-lawnzh] /proʊˈlɒndʒ; French prɔˈlɔ̃ʒ/
noun, plural prolonges
[proh-lon-jiz; French praw-lawnzh] /proʊˈlɒn dʒɪz; French prɔˈlɔ̃ʒ/ (Show IPA).
Military
1.
a rope having a hook at one end and a toggle at the other, used for various purposes, as to draw a gun carriage.
Origin of prolonge
1855-1860
1855-60; < French, noun derivative of prolonger to prolong
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  • The artillery, by using the prolonge, may also continue its retreat while in battery and firing.

  • Of synners that prolonge from daye to day to amende theyr myslyuyng.

    The Ship of Fools, Volume 1 Sebastian Brandt
  • Two of our guns were drawn away by the prolonge (that is, by means of ropes manned by men on foot), and two were abandoned.

British Dictionary definitions for prolonge

prolonge

/prəˈlɒndʒ/
noun
1.
(formerly) a specially fitted rope used as part of the towing equipment of a gun carriage
Word Origin
C19: from French, from prolonger to prolong
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