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[lawng-weyz, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌweɪz, ˈlɒŋ-/
Dance. in two long lines with the couples facing each other:
to perform a country dance longways.
Origin of longways
First recorded in 1580-90; long1 + -ways Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Place a center line, longways of the piece, as shown in the end view.

    Toy Craft Leon H. Baxter
  • To the corner beyond the next corner, to the corner that was the most longways off, she did tie him.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • Cut them longways, so as to be able to take out the threads from the inside of them.

  • "That's not a noble passiont for a 'oman to keep up," said longways.

  • "I have my doubts if it will be carried out," said longways.

  • "And now he's worth ever so much a minute," murmured longways.

  • "We'll carry these longways," Sabre directed, when the first one was tackled.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • From the right hand corner of the second shelf he took a yellow china pig with a longways slit in its back.

    Tommy Tregennis

    Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • After Mr. longways had finished, he smacked his lips and set down his glass with a great air.

    The Rose of Paradise Howard Pyle
  • He did as he was told, and sat down upon the chair which Mr. longways had occupied only a few moments before.

    The Rose of Paradise Howard Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for longways


another word for lengthways
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for longways

1580s, from long (adj.) + way + adverbial genitive -s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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