Slow in passing; causing weariness by length or duration; lingering; as, long hours of watching.
Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in utterance; -- said of vowels and syllables. See Short, a., 13, and Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 22, 30.
A long sound, syllable, or vowel.
The longest dimension; the greatest extent; -- in the phrase, the long and the short of it, that is, the sum and substance of it.
To a great extent in space; as, a long drawn out line.
To a great extent in time; during a long time.
At a point of duration far distant, either prior or posterior; as, not long before; not long after; long before the foundation of Rome; long after the Conquest.
Through the whole extent or duration.
Through an extent of time, more or less; -- only in question; as, how long will you be gone?
primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified; "a long life"; "a long boring speech"; "a long time"; "a long friendship"; "a long game"; "long ago"; "an hour long"
primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified; "a long road"; "a long distance"; "contained many long words"; "ten miles long"
of relatively great height; "a race of long gaunt men"- Sherwood Anderson; "looked out the long French windows"
of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively long duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat', `boot')
used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively long duration