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Definition of "oblong" []

  • Deviating from a square, circular, or spherical form by being elongated in one direction. (adjective)
  • Having the shape of or resembling a rectangle or an ellipse. (adjective)
  • Botany Having a somewhat elongated form with approximately parallel sides: an oblong leaf. (adjective)
  • An object or figure, such as a rectangle, with an elongated shape. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "oblong" in a sentence
  • "The bark on the older surface sheds in short oblong irregular scales or plates that detach perhaps at both ends and often at the sides, clinging by the middle until the curl loosens them and they fall to the ground."
  • "The oblong is the best decorative art _form_, as a rule."
  • "Above the oblong was a salamander, the Kings particular device, with many other ornaments appropriate to the Ionic architecture of the whole design."