Definition of oblong in English:



  • A rectangular object or flat figure with unequal adjacent sides.

    ‘an oblong of grass’
    • ‘He may paint squares, stripes and oblongs, but they are no longer geometrically precise.’
    • ‘If they were feeling benevolent, these parents might palm off a kid with a chocolate alternative: a carob bar, or breakfast cereal moulded into an oblong.’
    • ‘An oblong of pebbles and short posts anchored by a gnarled, leafless tree creates the isolated beach where Braidie retreats in contemplation.’
    • ‘Placed as it is within this painting, this anticapitalist logo also invites the viewer to look again at the colorful oblongs pointing down to it and to recognize in them the fingers of an outstretched hand.’
    • ‘In the middle of the square are large oblongs of green grass (veritable meadows), an enormous pool with dancing water fountains and rows of horses and carriages which anywhere else would look as if they belonged in Disneyland.’
    • ‘The remote is a black oblong with buttons up and down its front like the brass on a soldier's uniform.’
    • ‘An artist who saw a square as an oblong, logically would paint that oblong as a square.’
    • ‘I looked back to the grey oblong that was my laptop.’
    • ‘As a result, kidney-shaped items, ellipses, oblongs, S's, and flares replaced the circles, squares, and rectangles that characterised the home of the 1930s.’
    • ‘Untitled, 1999, is dominated by a bright yellow form with loopy protrusions on one side, serrated edges on the other and red, elliptical oblongs punctuating its middle.’
    • ‘Roll on a floured board to an oblong about 30 cm x 20 cm.’
    • ‘The electroplate manufacturers in North America in the late nineteenth century favored various plain square, oblong, and low round baskets and taller ones on a foot, resembling a compote.’
    • ‘The door ran from the roof (made of canvas) to the dirt floor, and the oblong of light let in showed it was night time.’
    • ‘The forms are roughly geometric, with edges that wobble slightly - triangles, oblongs, squares and circles as well as the more complicated sections left over in between.’
    • ‘On the right are some vertical oblongs that suggest large, loose drapery (something to easily pull back for a full view) and hint at the presence of a human figure.’
    • ‘At first glance his face looked like a long oblong, but upon closer inspection, you found him to be a quite handsome looking young man.’
    • ‘One side of the painting is covered with energetic dabs of white and black over soft blue oblongs on a yellow ochre background.’
    • ‘So batch me up in little paper oblongs and stick me on the front counter in Waterstones, and watch those sales figures skyrocket!’
    • ‘Moonlight lay across the floor in a precise oblong of light.’
    • ‘What he was saying was quite true - the lines were different and it looked like a big oblong in the grass.’


  • Having the shape of an oblong.

    ‘oblong tables’
    • ‘No one was seated at the oblong table, apart from Louis leaning nonchalantly at one end talking to Paul, who was seated to the left side of him.’
    • ‘In the center of the room was a large, oblong table with a chair at the head for the king.’
    • ‘Formations on sloping ground tended to stretch into oblong shapes with the longest dimension pointing downhill.’
    • ‘Then we showed them how to roll it into an oblong shape and flatten it if they wanted their artwork to resemble the oval of a human face.’
    • ‘They sat down in an oblong table for ten, sharing seats with four other schoolmates.’
    • ‘To the left sat a dark, oblong table and six sturdy chairs.’
    • ‘The size and slightly oblong shape certainly help with the reproductions, though the pictures seem to be a little bit misty in texture.’
    • ‘A table of oblong shape stood midway between the drawing-room walls.’
    • ‘Kaufman scored this luscious ground with dozens of thin white diagonal lines before adding a final layer of geometry: six oblong rectangles stacked on top of each other in graduated shades of gray.’
    • ‘He entered the conference room and sat at the old oblong table as the minutes ticked by.’
    • ‘Malkeius walked into the briefing room, a oblong table adorned the center of the chamber with a single holographic projector.’
    • ‘Curving appendages attached to oblong shapes or to punctured spheres in some of the works may allude to other life-forms such as insects or invertebrates.’
    • ‘Square pockets provided the chance to create two uniform fields of oblong shape.’
    • ‘Dusting a covered board with flour, she split the dough in half, shaped each section into oblong lengths and placed them in greased loaf pans.’
    • ‘When the moon tugs on the Earth's surface, it stretches the planet into a slightly oblong shape.’
    • ‘The scheme of a three-winged portico recalls the many coastal porticoed villas that appear on small square or horizontal oblong panels in Roman wall painting.’
    • ‘They may be square in shape like ravioli or in half-moon or oblong shapes.’
    • ‘The group, including Jude, Texas, Katie, the President, and two other men Jude didn't recognize, all sat down around the oblong table.’
    • ‘This was a narrow oblong table with a single broad hinged flap.’
    • ‘It was awkwardly wrapped and had a strange, oblong shape to it.’
    quadrilateral, rectangular, right-angled, at right angles, perpendicular
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Late Middle English: from Latin oblongus ‘longish’.