• Having great duration.

    "The pyramids of Egypt have been around for a long time."

  • (finance) Possessing or owning stocks, bonds, commodities or other financial instruments with the aim of benefiting of the expected rise in their value.

    "I'm long in DuPont;  I have a long position in DuPont."

  • (obsolete) Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away.
  • Having much distance from one terminating point on an object or an area to another terminating point (usually applies to horizontal dimensions;).

    "It's a long way from the Earth to the Moon."

  • (Britain, dialect) Not short; tall.
  • (tennis, of a ball or a shot) That land beyond the baseline (and therefore is out).

    "No! That forehand is long"

  • (archaic) On account of, because of.
  • Seemingly lasting a lot of time, because it is boring or tedious or tiring.
  • (cricket) Of a fielding position, close to the boundary (or closer to the boundary than the equivalent short position).


  • Over a great distance in space.

    "He threw the ball long."

  • For a long duration.

    "Paris has long been considered one of the most cultured cities in the world."

  • "Will this interview take long?"

  • For a particular duration.

    "How long is it until the next bus arrives?"


  • (finance) An entity with a long position in an asset.

    "Every uptick made the longs cheer."

  • longitude
  • (programming) A long integer variable, twice the size of an int, two or four times the size of a short, and half of a long long.

    "A long is typically 64 bits in a 32-bit environment."

  • (linguistics) A long vowel.
  • (music) A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve.


  • (intransitive) To await, to aspire, to desire greatly (something to occur or to be true)

    "She longed for him to come back."

  • (transitive, finance) To take a long position in.
  • (archaic) To be appropriate to, to pertain or belong to.

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