Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to longitude or length; running lengthwise.

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Usage examples "longitudinal":

  1. To his excited fancy the few disordered blankets and articles of clothing seemed dropping to pieces; in one of the bunks there was a hideous resemblance in the longitudinal heap of clothing to a withered and mummied corpse. - "On the Frontier", Bret Harte.
  2. The width of the longitudinal stripes is uniform in Eutamias whereas in Tamias the dorsal, longitudinal light stripes are more than twice as wide as the other stripes. - "Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks", John A. White.
  3. Backward and forward did it traverse the saddle in a longitudinal direction- now poised upon the pommel, now sinking downward into the seat, and then rising to the level of the group, now turning in the opposite direction, and retracing in long uncouth strides the path over which it appeared to have been passing since the earliest hour of its existence! - "The Boy Slaves", Mayne Reid.