soft-shell clam
Long Long, a. [Compar. {Longer}; superl. {Longest}.] [AS. long, lang; akin to OS, OFries., D., & G. lang, Icel. langr, Sw. l[*a]ng, Dan. lang, Goth. laggs, L. longus. [root]125. Cf. {Length}, {Ling} a fish, {Linger}, {Lunge}, {Purloin}.] 1. Drawn out in a line, or in the direction of length; protracted; extended; as, a long line; -- opposed to short, and distinguished from broad or wide. [1913 Webster]

2. Drawn out or extended in time; continued through a considerable tine, or to a great length; as, a long series of events; a long debate; a long drama; a long history; a long book. [1913 Webster]

3. Slow in passing; causing weariness by length or duration; lingering; as, long hours of watching. [1913 Webster]

4. Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away. [1913 Webster]

The we may us reserve both fresh and strong Against the tournament, which is not long. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

5. Having a length of the specified measure; of a specified length; as, a span long; a yard long; a mile long, that is, extended to the measure of a mile, etc. [1913 Webster]

6. Far-reaching; extensive. `` Long views.'' --Burke. [1913 Webster]

7. (Phonetics) Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in utterance; -- said of vowels and syllables. See {Short}, a., 13, and Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 22, 30. [1913 Webster]

8. (Finance & Com.) Having a supply of stocks or goods; prepared for, or depending for a profit upon, advance in prices; as, long of cotton. Hence, the phrases: to be, or go, long of the market, to be on the long side of the market, to hold products or securities for a rise in price, esp. when bought on a margin. Contrasted to {short}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Note: Long is used as a prefix in a large number of compound adjectives which are mostly of obvious meaning; as, long-armed, long-beaked, long-haired, long-horned, long-necked, long-sleeved, long-tailed, long- worded, etc. [1913 Webster]

{In the long run}, in the whole course of things taken together; in the ultimate result; eventually.

{Long clam} (Zo["o]l.), the common clam ({Mya arenaria}) of the Northern United States and Canada; -- called also {soft-shell clam} and {long-neck clam}. See {Mya}.

{Long cloth}, a kind of cotton cloth of superior quality.

{Long clothes}, clothes worn by a young infant, extending below the feet.

{Long division}. (Math.) See {Division}.

{Long dozen}, one more than a dozen; thirteen.

{Long home}, the grave.

{Long measure}, {Long meter}. See under {Measure}, {Meter}.

{Long Parliament} (Eng. Hist.), the Parliament which assembled Nov. 3, 1640, and was dissolved by Cromwell, April 20, 1653.

{Long price}, the full retail price.

{Long purple} (Bot.), a plant with purple flowers, supposed to be the {Orchis mascula}. --Dr. Prior.

{Long suit} (a) (Whist), a suit of which one holds originally more than three cards. --R. A. Proctor. (b) One's most important resource or source of strength; as, as an entertainer, her voice was her long suit.

{Long tom}. (a) A pivot gun of great length and range, on the dock of a vessel. (b) A long trough for washing auriferous earth. [Western U.S.] (c) (Zo["o]l.) The long-tailed titmouse.

{Long wall} (Coal Mining), a working in which the whole seam is removed and the roof allowed to fall in, as the work progresses, except where passages are needed.

{Of long}, a long time. [Obs.] --Fairfax.

{To be long of the market}, or {To go long of the market}, {To be on the long side of the market}, etc. (Stock Exchange), to hold stock for a rise in price, or to have a contract under which one can demand stock on or before a certain day at a stipulated price; -- opposed to {short} in such phrases as, to be short of stock, to sell short, etc. [Cant] See {Short}.

{To have a long head}, to have a farseeing or sagacious mind. [1913 Webster]


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  • Soft-shell clam — Soft shell Soft shell , Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soft-shell clam — soft′ shell clam′ n. ivt any usu. oval edible clam of the genus Mya, esp. M. arenaria, inhabiting waters along both coasts of North America Also called steamer 4) • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • soft-shell clam — ☆ soft shell clam n. any of a family (Myidae) of edible clams of the coasts of North America, having elongated siphons and a chalky, white shell …   English World dictionary

  • soft-shell clam — noun 1. a clam that is usually steamed in the shell • Syn: ↑steamer, ↑steamer clam, ↑long neck clam • Derivationally related forms: ↑steam (for: ↑steamer) …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft-shell clam — noun Date: 1796 an elongated clam (Mya arenaria) of the east coast of North America that has a thin friable shell and long siphon and is eaten especially when steamed called also soft shelled clam, steamer …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • soft-shell clam — an edible clam, Mya arenaria, inhabiting waters along both coasts of North America, having an oval, relatively thin, whitish shell. Also called long clam, long neck clam, soft clam, steamer, steamer clam. [1790 1800, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • soft-shelled clam — noun see soft shell clam * * * softshell clam or soft shelled clam, = soft clam. (Cf. ↑soft clam) …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft-shelled clam — noun see soft shell clam …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Soft-shell — Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Soft t …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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