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Webster 1913 Edition


Along

A-long′

(?; 115)
,
adv.
[OE.
along
,
anlong
, AS.
andlang
,
along
; pref.
and-
(akin to OFris.
ond-
, OHG.
ant-
, Ger.
ent-
, Goth.
and-
,
anda-
, L.
ante
, Gr. [GREEK], Skr.
anti
, over against) +
lang
long. See
Long
.]
1.
By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.
Some laid
along
. . . on spokes of wheels are hung.
Dryden.
2.
In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.
We will go
along
by the king’s highway.
Numb. xxi. 22.
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased us south
along
.
Coleridge.
3.
In company; together.
He to England shall
along
with you.
Shakespeare
All along
,
all through the course of; during the whole time; throughout.
“I have all along declared this to be a neutral paper.”
Addison.
To get along
,
to get on; to make progress, as in business.
“She 'll get along in heaven better than you or I.”
Mrs. Stowe.

A-long′

,
p
rep.
By the length of, as distinguished from across.
Along the lowly lands.”
Dryden.
The kine . . . went
along
the highway.
1 Sam. vi. 12.

A-long′

.
[AS.
gelang
owing to.]
(Now heard only in the prep. phrase
along of
.)
Along of
,
Along on
, often shortened to
Long of
,
p
rep.
phr.
,
owing to; on account of.
[Obs. or Low. Eng.]
On me is not along thin evil fare.”
Chaucer.
“And all this is long of you.”
Shak.
“This increase of price is all along of the foreigners.”
London Punch.

Webster 1828 Edition


Along

ALONG'

,
adv.
[See Long.]
1.
By the length; lengthwise; in a line with the length; as, the troops marched along the bank of the river, or along the highway. 1Sam. 6.
2.
Onward; in a line, or with a progressive motion; as, a meteor glides along the sky; let us walk along.
All along signifies the whole length; through the whole distance; in the whole way or length.
Ishmael went forth, weeping all along as he went. Jer. 41. 1Sam. 28.
Along with signifies in company; joined with; as, Go along with us. Sometimes with is omitted;
Come then, my friend, my genius, come along.
Along side, in seamen's language, that is, by the length or in a line with the side, signifies side by side, as by another ship or by the side of a wharf.
Along shore is by the shore or coast, lengthwise, and near the shore.
Lying along is lying on the side, or pressed down by the weight of sail.

Definition 2022


along

along

English

Preposition

along

  1. By the length of; in a line with the length of; lengthwise next to.
    • 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Cooper Beeches”, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, page 294:
      They were waiting for me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching along the entire front of the house, with three long windows reaching down to the floor
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.
    • 2013 July-August, Stephen P. Lownie, David M. Pelz, Stents to Prevent Stroke”, in American Scientist:
      As we age, the major arteries of our bodies frequently become thickened with plaque, a fatty material with an oatmeal-like consistency that builds up along the inner lining of blood vessels.
  2. In a line with, with a progressive motion on; onward on; forward on.
    • Bible, 1 Samuel vi. 12
      The kine [] went along the highway.
    • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion, page 266:
      In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
    • 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery”, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, page 93:
      Swiftly and silently he made his way along the track which ran through the meadows.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 13, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      We tiptoed into the house, up the stairs and along the hall into the room where the Professor had been spending so much of his time.

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Adverb

along (not comparable)

  1. In company; together.
    I am going to the store. Do you want to come along?
  2. Onward, forward, with progressive action.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
    Don't stop here. Just move along.

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Most common English words before 1923: therefore · feet · lay · #329: along · four · wish · gone

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Dupaninan Agta

Noun

along

  1. son; address term for a male child