Definition of elongate in English:

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elongate

Pronunciation: /ēˈlôNGˌɡāt/

verb

[with object]
1Make (something) longer, especially unusually so in relation to its width.
Example sentences
  • Their flat, scaleless bellies and slender, elongated bodies facilitate the process.
  • The figures of his angels are elongated, with wings stretched upward as if they were sculpted by the Gothic masters.
  • Each is comprised of two or three elongated strips of material stretching from above eye level and continuing near the ground.
Synonyms
lengthen, extend, stretch (out)
1.1 [no object] chiefly Biology Grow longer.
Example sentences
  • In contrast to aerobic germination where the radicle emerged first and both root and shoot growth were observed, only the shoot emerged and elongated during the entire anaerobic incubation period.
  • For example, as the deposition of lignins limits plant cell wall extension, lignification must be regulated so that it occurs after a cell has elongated so as not to impinge on plant growth.
  • In several cases the pollen tubes emerged and elongated rapidly, then burst, with the cytoplasm streaming out of the burst tip.

adjective

chiefly Biology
Long in relation to width; elongated: elongate, fishlike creatures
More example sentences
  • One of the most prominent characteristics of early vertebrates is the elongate caudal fin bearing fin rays.
  • The forelimbs are elongate and are positioned ventrally.
  • Fertile fronds have clusters of elongate sporangia that partially replace pinnules.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'move away, place at a distance'): from late Latin elongat- 'placed at a distance', from the verb elongare, from Latin e- (variant of ex-) 'away' + longe 'far off', longus 'long'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: e·lon·gate

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