[proh-lonj; French praw-lawnzh]
noun, plural pro·lon·ges [proh-lon-jiz; French praw-lawnzh] /proʊˈlɒn dʒɪz; French prɔˈlɔ̃ʒ/. Military.
  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for prolonge

Historical Examples of prolonge

  • Of synners that prolonge from daye to day to amende theyr myslyuyng.

  • 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


  1. (formerly) a specially fitted rope used as part of the towing equipment of a gun carriage

Word Origin for prolonge

C19: from French, from prolonger to prolong
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