Elongation

Definition of Elongation

E`lon`ga´tion
n.1.The act of lengthening, or the state of being lengthened; protraction; extension.
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.

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elongate, longness, stretch
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