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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elongation  \E`lon*ga"tion\  (?;  277),  n.  [LL.  elongatio:  cf  F. 
  ['e]longation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  lengthening,  or  the  state  of  being  lengthened; 
  protraction;  extension.  ``Elongation  of  the  fibers.'' 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  2.  That  which  lengthens  out  continuation. 
 
  May  not  the  mountains  of  Westmoreland  and  Cumberland 
  be  considered  as  elongations  of  these  two  chains? 
  --Pinkerton. 
 
  3.  Removal  to  a  distance;  withdrawal;  a  being  at  a  distance; 
  distance. 
 
  The  distant  points  in  the  celestial  expanse  appear 
  to  the  eye  in  so  small  a  degree  of  elongation  from 
  one  another,  as  bears  no  proportion  to  what  is  real. 
  --Glanvill. 
 
  4.  (Astron.)  The  angular  distance  of  a  planet  from  the  sun; 
  as  the  elongation  of  Venus  or  Mercury. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elongation 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  being  elongated 
  2:  an  addition  to  the  length  of  something  [syn:  {extension}] 
  3:  the  act  of  lengthening  something 




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