Definition of oblong in English:

oblong

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One side of the painting is covered with energetic dabs of white and black over soft blue oblongs on a yellow ochre background.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The remote is a black oblong with buttons up and down its front like the brass on a soldier's uniform.’
    • ‘Roll on a floured board to an oblong about 30 cm x 20 cm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I looked back to the grey oblong that was my laptop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What he was saying was quite true - the lines were different and it looked like a big oblong in the grass.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moonlight lay across the floor in a precise oblong of light.’
    • ‘So batch me up in little paper oblongs and stick me on the front counter in Waterstones, and watch those sales figures skyrocket!’
    • ‘An oblong of pebbles and short posts anchored by a gnarled, leafless tree creates the isolated beach where Braidie retreats in contemplation.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘An artist who saw a square as an oblong, logically would paint that oblong as a square.’

adjective

  • Having the shape of an oblong.

    ‘oblong tables’
    • ‘He entered the conference room and sat at the old oblong table as the minutes ticked by.’
    • ‘To the left sat a dark, oblong table and six sturdy chairs.’
    • ‘They may be square in shape like ravioli or in half-moon or oblong shapes.’
    • ‘Square pockets provided the chance to create two uniform fields of oblong shape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was a narrow oblong table with a single broad hinged flap.’
    • ‘They sat down in an oblong table for ten, sharing seats with four other schoolmates.’
    • ‘A table of oblong shape stood midway between the drawing-room walls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the center of the room was a large, oblong table with a chair at the head for the king.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The size and slightly oblong shape certainly help with the reproductions, though the pictures seem to be a little bit misty in texture.’
    • ‘Malkeius walked into the briefing room, a oblong table adorned the center of the chamber with a single holographic projector.’
    • ‘When the moon tugs on the Earth's surface, it stretches the planet into a slightly oblong shape.’
    • ‘It was awkwardly wrapped and had a strange, oblong shape to it.’
    • ‘The group, including Jude, Texas, Katie, the President, and two other men Jude didn't recognize, all sat down around the oblong table.’
    • ‘Formations on sloping ground tended to stretch into oblong shapes with the longest dimension pointing downhill.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin oblongus longish.

Pronunciation:

oblong

/ˈɒblɒŋ/