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 (lông′hănd′, lŏng′-)
Cursive writing.


ordinary handwriting, in which letters, words, etc, are set down in full, as opposed to shorthand or to typing


(ˈlɔŋˌhænd, ˈlɒŋ-)

1. writing of the ordinary kind, in which words are written out in full.
2. written in or using longhand.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.longhand - rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paperlonghand - rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
minuscule - a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
copperplate - a graceful style of handwriting based on the writing used on copperplate engravings
italic - a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
round hand - a clearly written style of longhand with large round curves
handwriting, script, hand - something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
Adj.1.longhand - having words written out in full by hand; "longhand writing"
written - set down in writing in any of various ways; "written evidence"
كِتابَه عادِيَّه
venjuleg rithönd
latinkanormálne písmo


A. N in longhandescrito a mano
B. ADJescrito a mano
C. ADVa mano


[ˈlɒŋhænd] nécriture f normale, écriture f courante
in longhand → en entierlong-haul [ˌlɒŋˈhɔːl] (TRANSPORT)
modif [flight, aircraft, airline, service] → long-courrierlong-hours culture n (BUSINESS) tendance à faire de longues journées de travail


[ˈlɒŋˌhænd] nscrittura (normale)


(loŋ) adjective
1. measuring a great distance from one end to the other. a long journey; a long road; long legs.
2. having a great period of time from the first moment to the last. The book took a long time to read; a long conversation; a long delay.
3. measuring a certain amount in distance or time. The wire is two centimetres long; The television programme was just over an hour long.
4. away, doing or using something etc for a great period of time. Will you be long?
5. reaching to a great distance in space or time. She has a long memory
1. a great period of time. This happened long before you were born.
2. for a great period of time. Have you been waiting long?
ˈlongways adverb
in the direction of the length. The planks had to go into the lorry longways.
ˌlong-ˈdistance adjective
long-distance races; a long-distance lorry-driver; a long-distance telephone call.
ˌlong-drawn-ˈout adjective
taking a needlessly long time. long-drawn-out discussions.
ˈlonghand noun
ordinary writing as opposed to shorthand.
long house
in tribal societies, a long rectangular dwelling shared by several families, especially in south-east Asia and amongst North American Indians.
long jump
a sports contest in which people jump as far as possible.
long-playing record (usually abbreviated to LP)
a record which plays for a long time.
ˌlong-ˈrange adjective
1. able to reach a great distance. long-range rockets.
2. taking into consideration a long period of time. a long-range weather forecast.
ˌlong-ˈsighted adjective
having difficulty in seeing close objects clearly.
ˌlong-ˈsightedness noun
ˌlong-ˈsuffering adjective
patiently enduring a great deal of trouble.
ˌlong-ˈwinded adjective
(of a speaker or his speech) tiresomely long.
as long as / so long as
1. provided only that. As/So long as you're happy, it doesn't matter what you do.
2. while; during the time that. As long as he's here I'll have more work to do.
before (very) long
soon. Come in and wait – he'll be here before long!
in the long run
in the end. We thought we would save money, but in the long run our spending was about the same as usual.
the long and the short of it
the whole story in a few words.
no longer
not now as in the past. This cinema is no longer used.
so long!
References in periodicals archive ?
Mayor Butler wrote all his letters in longhand on yellow ruled tablets, then handed the letter to be typed either to me or to Deputy Clerk Tammy Beasley.
I will refer to the Market Abuse Regulation as 'MAR' and refer to the market abuse regime in its longhand form as 'the regime': The regime being the environment created by the interplay of the full spectrum of laws, rules and guidance aimed at tackling market abuse in our market, including but not limited to MAR.
Pupils work on tablets which they can write longhand on using special pens.
To the teacher who wrote in longhand on a manila paper the answers to our worksheet (imagine drawing molecular and geometric structures
As a journalist, shorthand and typing took preference over penmanship for me, although I still used longhand covering courts, writing up the cases as they happened, which were sort of letters to the news editor.
He invented a machine to speed up secretarial work using typefaces, pressing ink onto paper via rolling wheels - but it was even slower than taking dictation in longhand.
Similar to modern English, he says, Koine Greek employed two different styles of numbering, longhand number-words and alphabetic shorthand.
He wrote treatments of the screenplay longhand in pencil and painstakingly edited snippets from other movies to show how he wanted Star Wars to look and feel.
I wrote everything in longhand, and then typed it out on a manual typewriter--triple-spacing to give myself room for editing in longhand.
Now here's an interesting one - I write all my copy longhand, yes, pen and paper.
Written originally in longhand and typed on an old-fashioned typewriter, "Ask the Cat" spent the next several decades shut away, half-forgotten in a drawer.
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