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Definition an elongated shape — typically of a stretched circle that is longer than an oval, but occasionally used to describe a rectangle
  • First came ten soldiers carrying clubs; these were all shaped like the three gardeners, oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
oblong = an elongated shape — typically of a stretched circle that is longer than an oval, but occasionally used to describe a rectangle
  • A number of police officers jumped out of the car and unloaded coils of rope, a ladder, and two big oblong packages wrapped in oilcloth.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • There's something about those business envelopes with the transparent oblong address part that my soul runs away from.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The two men carried machines that looked like miniature vacuum cleaners, a cylindrical nozzle in one hand, an oblong black box in the other.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Now the oblong of night was blank; Moses was not there.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • It was studded with brown oblong shapes—petrified tree logs—and whitish fragments—pieces of petrified bone.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • There was a flat, oblong case in the white envelope, the kind of case you get when you buy a watch.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • The oblong white ceiling, with this scarlet blot in the midst, had the appearance of a gigantic ace of hearts.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • He inspected the oblong white torso joined abruptly to the brown limbs and head, and said, laughing gravely: "You are all new like a baby."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The pale, oblong smear at the level of his elbow was the face of Wesley Mouch, who was seated on the floor.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was oblong and white with rounded edges.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Here he stayed till the thin shades thickened to opaque obscurity, and the loft-door became an oblong of gray light—the only visible shape around.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She walked to the small oblong of glass in the middle door and looked inside.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • At the opposite end of the corridor of the dark, the oblong of light was narrow-the door slightly ajar.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Stephen looked coldly on the oblong skull beneath him overgrown with tangled twine-coloured hair.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • What they now saw was a wide oblong space flagged with smooth stones and surrounded by grey pillars but unroofed.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • "The asteroid we're constructing Troy from is fairly oblong."
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • A prayer rug showing a slightly oblong Mecca was nailed to one of the walls.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Each one had eyes fashioned of round or oblong disks of abalone shell, but the rest of their faces were blank.
    Scott O'Dell  --  Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Besides, this diamond was oblong-like a kite-hardly an example of the flawless symmetry for which the Illuminati Diamond was revered.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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