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[proh-lonj; French praw-lawnzh] /proʊˈlɒndʒ; French prɔˈlɔ̃ʒ/
noun, plural prolonges
[proh-lon-jiz; French praw-lawnzh] /proʊˈlɒn dʒɪz; French prɔˈlɔ̃ʒ/ (Show IPA).
a rope having a hook at one end and a toggle at the other, used for various purposes, as to draw a gun carriage.
Origin of prolonge
1855-60; < French, noun derivative of prolonger to prolong Unabridged
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  • Of synners that prolonge from daye to day to amende theyr myslyuyng.

    The Ship of Fools, Volume 1 Sebastian Brandt
  • Two of our guns were drawn away by the prolonge (that is, by means of ropes manned by men on foot), and two were abandoned.

  • The artillery, by using the prolonge, may also continue its retreat while in battery and firing.

British Dictionary definitions for prolonge


(formerly) a specially fitted rope used as part of the towing equipment of a gun carriage
Word Origin
C19: from French, from prolonger to prolong
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