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Webster 1913 Edition


Lengthy

Length′y

(-y̆)
,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Lengthier
(-ĭ-ẽr)
;
sup
erl.
Lengthiest
.]
Having length; rather long or too long; prolix; not brief; – said chiefly of discourses, writings, and the like.
Lengthy periods.”
Washington.
“Some lengthy additions.”
Byron.
“These would be details too lengthy.”
Jefferson.
“To cut short lengthy explanations.”
Trench.

Webster 1828 Edition


Lengthy

LENGTH'Y

,
Adj.
Being long or moderately long; not short; not brief; applied mostly to moral subjects, as to discourses, writings, arguments, proceedings, &c.; as a lengthy sermon; a lengthy dissertation; a lengthy detail.
Lengthy period.
No ministerial act in France, in matters of judicial cognizance, is done without a process verbal, in which the facts are stated amidst a great deal of lengthy formality, with a degree of minuteness, highly profitable to the verbalizing officers and to the revenue.
P. S. Murray has sent or will send a double copy of the Bride and Giaour; in the last one, some lengthy additions; pray accept them, according to old customs.
Chalmers' Political Annals, in treating of South Carolina - is by no means as lengthy as Mr. Hewitt's History.

Definition 2023


lengthy

lengthy

English

Adjective

lengthy (comparative lengthier, superlative lengthiest)

  1. Having length; long and overextended, especially in time rather than dimension.
    • 2011 July 19, Ella Davies, “Sticks insects survive one million years without sex”, in BBC:
      They traced the ancient lineages of two species to reveal the insects' lengthy history of asexual reproduction.
    a lengthy text
    a lengthy discussion
    a laborious and lengthy process
    She died last night after a lengthy illness.
    They received lengthy prison terms.

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