Long vs. Wide

Long vs. Wide — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Long and Wide

Longadjective

Extending or traveling a relatively great distance.

Wideadjective

Having a specified extent from side to side

a ribbon two inches wide.

Longadjective

Having relatively great height; tall.

Wideadjective

Extending over a great distance from side to side; broad

a wide road.a wide necktie.

Longadjective

Having the greater length of two or the greatest length of several

the long edge of the door.

Wideadjective

Having great extent or range; including much or many

a wide selection.granting wide powers.wide variations.

Longadjective

Of relatively great duration

a long time.

Wideadjective

Fully open or extended

look with wide eyes.

Longadjective

Of a specified linear extent or duration

a mile long.an hour long.

Wideadjective

To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal

a shot that was wide of the target.

Longadjective

Made up of many members or items

a long shopping list.

Wideadjective

(Baseball) Outside.

Longadjective

Extending beyond an average or standard

a long game.

Wideadjective

(Sports) Being toward or near one of the side boundaries of a playing area, such as a sideline on a football field.

Longadjective

Extending or landing beyond a given boundary, limit, or goal

Her first serve was long.

Wideadjective

Deviating or straying from something expected or specified

a remark that was wide of the truth.

Longadjective

Tediously protracted; lengthy

a long speech.

Wideadjective

(Linguistics) Lax.

Longadjective

Concerned with distant issues; far-reaching

took a long view of the geopolitical issues.

Wideadverb

Over a great distance; extensively

traveled far and wide.

Longadjective

Involving substantial chance; risky

long odds.

Wideadverb

To the full extent; completely.

Longadjective

Having an abundance or excess of

"politicians whose résumés are long on competence" (Margaret Garrard Warner).

Wideadverb

To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal.

Longadjective

Having a holding of a commodity or security in expectation of a rise in price

long on soybeans.

Wideadverb

(Sports) Toward or near one of the sides of a playing area

ran wide to catch a pass.

Longadjective

(Linguistics) Having a comparatively great duration. Used of a vowel or consonant.

Widenoun

A ball bowled outside of the batsman's reach, counting as a run for the batting team in cricket.

Longadjective

(Grammar) Relating to or being the English speech sounds (ā, ē, ī, ō, ) that are tense vowels or diphthongs.

Wideadjective

Having a large physical extent from side to side.

We walked down a wide corridor.

Longadjective

Being of relatively great duration. Used of a syllable in quantitative prosody.

Wideadjective

Large in scope.

The inquiry had a wide remit.

Longadverb

During or for an extended period of time

The promotion was long due.

Wideadjective

(sports) Operating at the side of the playing area.

That team needs a decent wide player.

Longadverb

At or to a considerable distance; far

She walked long past the end of the trail.

Wideadjective

On one side or the other of the mark; too far sideways from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.

Longadverb

Beyond a given boundary, limit, or goal

hit the return long.

Wideadjective

Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the organs in the mouth.

Longadverb

For or throughout a specified period

They talked all night long.

Wideadjective

Vast, great in extent, extensive.

The wide, lifeless expanse.

Longadverb

At a point of time distant from that referred to

That event took place long before we were born.

Wideadjective

Remote; distant; far.

The hut was not wide from the sea.The cabin is not wide from the lake.

Longadverb

Into or in a long position, as of a commodity market.

Wideadjective

(obsolete) Far from truth, propriety, necessity, etc.

Longnoun

A long time

This won't take long.

Wideadjective

(computing) Of or supporting a greater range of text characters than can fit into the traditional 8-bit representation.

a wide character; a wide stream

Longnoun

(Linguistics) A long syllable, vowel, or consonant.

Wideadverb

extensively

He travelled far and wide.

Longnoun

One who acquires holdings in a security or commodity in expectation of a rise in price.

Wideadverb

completely

He was wide awake.

Longnoun

A garment size for a tall person.

Wideadverb

away from a given goal

The arrow fell wide of the mark.

Longnoun

longs Trousers extending to the feet or ankles.

Wideadverb

So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.

Longverb

To have an earnest, heartfelt desire, especially for something beyond reach.

Widenoun

(cricket) A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score

Longadjective

Having much distance from one terminating point on an object or an area to another terminating point usually applies to horizontal dimensions; see Usage Notes below.

It's a long way from the Earth to the Moon.

Wideadjective

having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other;

wide roadsa wide necktiewide marginsthree feet widea river two miles broadbroad shouldersa broad river

Longadjective

Having great duration.

The pyramids of Egypt have been around for a long time.

Wideadjective

broad in scope or content;

across-the-board pay increasesan all-embracing definitionblanket sanctions against human-rights violatorsan invention with broad applicationsa panoptic study of Soviet nationalitygranted him wide powers

Longadjective

Seemingly lasting a lot of time, because it is boring or tedious or tiring.

Wideadjective

(used of eyes) fully open or extended;

listened in round-eyed wonderstared with wide eyes

Longadjective

Not short; tall.

Wideadjective

very large in expanse or scope;

a broad lawnthe wide plainsa spacious viewspacious skies

Longadjective

(finance) Possessing or owning stocks, bonds, commodities or other financial instruments with the aim of benefiting of the expected rise in their value.

I'm long in DuPont;I have a long position in DuPont.

Wideadjective

great in degree;

won by a wide margin

Longadjective

(cricket) Of a fielding position, close to the boundary (or closer to the boundary than the equivalent short position).

Wideadjective

great in range or scope;

an extended vocabularysurgeons with extended experienceextensive examples of picture writingsuffered extensive damagea wide selection

Longadjective

That land beyond the baseline (and therefore is out).

No! That forehand is longnb....

Wideadjective

having ample fabric;

the current taste for wide trousersa full skirt

Longadjective

Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away.

Wideadjective

not on target;

the kick was widethe arrow was wide of the marka claim that was wide of the truth

Longadjective

(archaic) On account of, because of.

Wideadverb

with or by a broad space;

stand with legs wide apartran wide around left end

Longadverb

Over a great distance in space.

He threw the ball long.

Wideadverb

to the fullest extent possible;

open your eyes widewith the throttle wide open

Longadverb

For a particular duration.

How long is it until the next bus arrives?

Wideadverb

far from the intended target;

the arrow went wide of the marka bullet went astray and killed a bystander

Longadverb

For a long duration.

Will this interview take long?Paris has long been considered one of the most cultured cities in the world.

Wideadverb

to or over a great extent or range; far;

wandered wide through many landshe traveled widely

Longnoun

(linguistics) A long vowel.

Longnoun

(programming) A long integer variable, twice the size of an int, two or four times the size of a short, and half of a long long.

A long is typically 64 bits in a 32-bit environment.

Longnoun

(finance) An entity with a long position in an asset.

Every uptick made the longs cheer.

Longnoun

(music) A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve.

Longnoun

longitude

Longverb

To take a long position in.

Longverb

(intransitive) To await, aspire, desire greatly (something to occur or to be true)

She longed for him to come back.

Longverb

(archaic) To be appropriate to, to pertain or belong to.

Longnoun

a comparatively long time;

this won't take longthey haven't been gone long

Longverb

desire strongly or persistently

Longadjective

primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified;

a long lifea long boring speecha long timea long friendshipa long gamelong agoan hour long

Longadjective

primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified;

a long roada long distancecontained many long wordsten miles long

Longadjective

of relatively great height;

a race of long gaunt menlooked out the long French windows

Longadjective

holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices;

is long on coffeea long position in gold

Longadjective

of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively long duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat', `boot')

Longadjective

used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively long duration

Longadjective

involving substantial risk;

long odds

Longadjective

(of memory) having greater than average range;

a long memory especially for insultsa tenacious memory

Longadjective

planning prudently for the future;

large goals that required farsighted policiestook a long view of the geopolitical issues

Longadjective

having or being more than normal or necessary:

long on brainsin long supply

Longadverb

for an extended time or at a distant time;

a promotion long overduesomething long hoped forhis name has long been forgottentalked all night longhow long will you be gone?arrived long before he was expectedit is long after your bedtime

Longadverb

for an extended distance