Definition of oblong in English:



  • An object or flat figure in an elongated rectangle or oval shape.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So batch me up in little paper oblongs and stick me on the front counter in Waterstones, and watch those sales figures skyrocket!’
    • ‘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 door ran from the roof (made of canvas) to the dirt floor, and the oblong of light let in showed it was night time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 remote is a black oblong with buttons up and down its front like the brass on a soldier's uniform.’
    • ‘One side of the painting is covered with energetic dabs of white and black over soft blue oblongs on a yellow ochre background.’
    • ‘An oblong of pebbles and short posts anchored by a gnarled, leafless tree creates the isolated beach where Braidie retreats in contemplation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘He may paint squares, stripes and oblongs, but they are no longer geometrically precise.’
    • ‘What he was saying was quite true - the lines were different and it looked like a big oblong in the grass.’
    • ‘An artist who saw a square as an oblong, logically would paint that oblong as a square.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moonlight lay across the floor in a precise oblong of light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roll on a floured board to an oblong about 30 cm x 20 cm.’
    • ‘I looked back to the grey oblong that was my laptop.’


  • Having an elongated shape, as a rectangle or an oval.

    • ‘When the moon tugs on the Earth's surface, it stretches the planet into a slightly oblong shape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The group, including Jude, Texas, Katie, the President, and two other men Jude didn't recognize, all sat down around the oblong table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was awkwardly wrapped and had a strange, oblong shape to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They may be square in shape like ravioli or in half-moon or oblong shapes.’
    • ‘Malkeius walked into the briefing room, a oblong table adorned the center of the chamber with a single holographic projector.’
    • ‘He entered the conference room and sat at the old oblong table as the minutes ticked by.’
    • ‘In the center of the room was a large, oblong table with a chair at the head for the king.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A table of oblong shape stood midway between the drawing-room walls.’
    • ‘This was a narrow oblong table with a single broad hinged flap.’
    • ‘Formations on sloping ground tended to stretch into oblong shapes with the longest dimension pointing downhill.’
    • ‘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.’
    quadrilateral, rectangular, right-angled, at right angles, perpendicular
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Late Middle English: from Latin oblongus ‘longish’.