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Long, a. (and n.) Also: longe. [Midl. and south. ME. and e.m.E., used in place of Sc. Lang a.] Long.

1. adj. = Lang a. in various uses.Also long goad (see Goad), long gauff (see Golf n.1 b. quot. 1690). Longe hundred (see Hundir num. 2), long thousand (see Thousand num.).(1) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1798.
[He] had a kynryk long & braid
1649–50 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 427.
For laying of a long grave stone within the entrie
1662 Sharpe Witchcraft 134.
They intendit to cast the longston into the sea, thereby to destroy boats and shipes
1689 Late Proceedings 38.
Those … nominated lords of session, … these gentlemen of the long robe
1698 Foulis Acc. Bk. 235.
For eall to the quariers men helped out the long stanes
1704 Aberd. Journal N. & Q. VI. 129.
Recived from Mr Alex. Fraiser of Powis five libs. 3s. for tuo longstons I sold to him
(2) a1500 Colk. Sow i. 284.
Clarus the long clype
1622 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II. 145.
To the long wobster … vi s.
(3) 1663 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 177.
Weavers … doeth … forestall the haill long reill yarn
1681 Blackness Customs 17 b.
Ane box of long steell
1671 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 121.
For the … stealling of ane long fisch from Alexr Tellie, four cutts of salmond [etc.]
1688 Dumfries & Gall. Soc. 3 Ser. XXXVI. 39.
Ane galliot called the Content of Whythaven … bound for Belfast: six scoir barels beif, four hundredth long fishes
1586 Jurid. Rev. IV. 294.
With long culveringis and pistolettis
1595 Cal. Sc. P. XI. 616.
[Many] longe weapons
1656 Craig-Brown Selkirkshire II. 390.
The 12 sowme mailers are to pay for ther longe and short avriages in the year £4
1690 Newport Glasgow Customs MS. 12 b.
One hundred and thartie longe hundred
a1500 Colk. Sow i. 157.
Mony long-tuthit bore
1638 Edinb. Test. LVIII. 313 b.
Certane long stalkit beir glasis
(4) proverbs 1597 James VI Dæmonol. 16.
They that suppe keile with the deuill, haue neede of long spoones
1587-99 Hume 182/650.
Making my self odious … to the Prince also, give perhappes my naked narratives … cum to his long eares
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 917.
Kings hes long ears
Ib. No.950.
Lata hes long teeth
(5) a1500 Colk. Sow iii. 47.
My long legend, quho so lestis
1572 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxiii.
I shall … desier yowr lordshippes pardon my longe silence
1566-70 Buch. Comm. on Virgil Æn. iii. 160.
Tyre not of long travell
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. i. 15.
Seindle tymis luck foloues long delayis
1563 Reg. Privy S. V. i. 415/1.
Provyding alwayis that the samen extend to the heretage or long takkis of the foirsaid Alestar
c 1607–15 Goudie Shetl. Antiq. 156.
[The land of the Archdeanerie] is set in long takis and few to the laird of Esselmont
1627 Conv. Burghs III. 255.
To intreat for ane longer day till the saids tanners may be convenit
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 248.
Duffus in the long day may be in hard by it
1535 Stewart 3145.
The quhilk had bene ane long tyme at the lair
1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots I. 535.
The … hous … was … ruynous waist and not inhabite be ony of a long tyme before
1674 Cunningham Diary 47.
To his prentise of drinksilver for a long time service, [4s. 6d.]
1616 Sutherland Corr. 123.
I supone he salbe a long bwirder
(6) 1606 Rollock's Thess. 34.
Byde a little while, it is not long to
(7) 1566-70 Buch. Comm. on Virgil Æn. i. 76.
Aeneas that thoucht long efter him
1640 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 172.
His wyif was thinking long for hir husbandis homecumming
1657 Hibbert P. No. 19.
He thinks verrie long to see your selfe

2. n. As the name of the note in music. c1550-c1580 Art Music 14 b.
As ane long in respect of ane larg, and ane brewe in respect of ane long
Ib. 1 b, 5, 7 b, etc.

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