along

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From Middle English, from Old English andlang from prefix and- + lang (long).

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along

  1. By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.
  2. In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.
    • Bible, 1 Samuel vi. 12
      The kine [] went along the highway.
    • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion[2], page 266:
      In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
    • 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[3], page 93:
      Swiftly and silently he made his way along the track which ran through the meadows.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 13, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      We tiptoed into the house, up the stairs and along the hall into the room where the Professor had been spending so much of his time.

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along (not comparable)

  1. In company; together.
    I am going to the store. Do you want to come along?
  2. Onward, forward, with progressive action.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
    Don't stop here. Just move along.

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