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Long  (l?ng, lng), Huey Pierce Called the Kingfish. 1893-1935.
American politician. As a populist but dictatorial governor of Louisiana (1928-1931), he instituted major public works legislation, and as a U.S. Senator (1932-1935) he proposed a national Share-The-Wealth program.

long 1  (l?ng, lng)
adj. long·er, long·est
1.
a. Extending or traveling a relatively great distance.
b. Having relatively great height; tall.
c. Having the greater length of two or the greatest length of several: the long edge of the door.
2. Of relatively great duration: a long time.
3. Of a specified linear extent or duration: a mile long; an hour long.
4. Made up of many members or items: a long shopping list.
5.
a. Extending beyond an average or standard: a long game.
b. Extending or landing beyond a given boundary, limit, or goal: Her first serve was long.
6. Tediously protracted; lengthy: a long speech.
7. Concerned with distant issues; far-reaching: took a long view of the geopolitical issues.
8. Involving substantial chance; risky: long odds.
9. Having an abundance or excess of: politicians whose r?sum?s are long on competence (Margaret Garrard Warner).
10. Having a holding of a commodity or security in expectation of a rise in price: long on soybeans.
11.
a. Linguistics Having a comparatively great duration. Used of a vowel or consonant.
b. Grammar Of, relating to, or being the English speech sounds (, , , , ) that are tense vowels or diphthongs.
12.
a. Stressed or accented. Used of a syllable in accentual prosody.
b. Being of relatively great duration. Used of a syllable in quantitative prosody.
adv. longer, longest
1. During or for an extended period of time: The promotion was long due.
2. At or to a considerable distance; far: She walked long past the end of the trail.
3. Beyond a given boundary, limit, or goal: hit the return long.
4. For or throughout a specified period: They talked all night long.
5. At a point of time distant from that referred to: That event took place long before we were born.
6. Into or in a long position, as of a commodity market.
n.
1. A long time: This wont take long.
2. Linguistics A long syllable, vowel, or consonant.
3. One who acquires holdings in a security or commodity in expectation of a rise in price.
4.
a. A garment size for a tall person.
b. longs Trousers extending to the feet or ankles.
Idioms:
any longer
For more time: cant wait any longer.
before long
Soon.
long ago
1. At a time or during a period well before the present: I read that book long ago.
2. A time well before the present: heroes of long ago.
long in the tooth
Growing old.
no longer
Not now as formerly: He no longer smokes.
not long for
Unlikely to remain for much more time in: not long for this world.
the long and the short of it
The substance or gist: You can look on the front page of the paper for the long and the short of it.

[Middle English, from Old English lang; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.]

long 2  (l?ng, lng)
intr.v. longed, long·ing, longs
To have an earnest, heartfelt desire, especially for something beyond reach.

[Middle English longen, from Old English langian; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.]


long  /l/  adj. -er, -est 1 having a certain length: The table is six feet long, or about two meters long. 2 lasting a certain amount of time: Our conversation was only five minutes long. 3 (in distance or time) having great length or duration: It is a long way from New York to Hong Kong.||The senator made a long speech on taxes. 4 in the long run: over many months or years: The economy is weak now, but in the long run it will improve. 5 to be long on: to have (too) much of: That young company is long on ideas but short of the money to put them into production.
adv. 1 (for) a long time: Have you been waiting long? 2 all day (morning, night, etc.) long: for or throughout a certain amount of time without stopping: Noise from the construction site continued all day long. 3 as or so long as: if, provided that, on condition that: So long as it does not rain, we can have a picnic. 4 exclam. Long live (the King, the Republic, etc.)!: May (the King, etc.) endure for a long time: The crowd outside the palace shouted, Long live the Queen! 5 infrml. So long: Good-bye: So long for now! See you tomorrow!
n. 1 (in clothes) a length and cut for a tall person: In suits, he wears a long. 2 before long: soon, shortly: Clouds appeared, and before long it began to rain. 3 the long and short of s.t.: the main point, the substance, (syn.) the gist: We talked for an hour, but the long and short of it is that he wont lower the price.
v. [I] to want very much (s.o. or s.t. that is not available): He longed for his girlfriend, who lived far away.||She longs to take a vacation. long

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