through, on, beside, over, or parallel to the length or direction of; from one end to the other of:
to walk along a highway; to run a border along a shelf.
during; in the course of:
Somewhere along the way I lost my hat.
in conformity or accordance with:
I plan to revise the article along the lines suggested.
by the length; lengthwise; parallel to or in a line with the length or direction:
He ran along beside me.
with a progressive motion; onward:
The police ordered the line to move along.
(of time) some way on:
along toward evening.
in company; in agreement (usually followed by with):
I’ll go along with you. He planned the project along with his associates.
as a companion; with one:
She took her brother along.
from one person or place to another:
The order was passed along from the general to the captain and from the captain to a private.
at or to an advanced place or state:
Work on the new ship is quite far along.
as an accompanying item; on hand:
Bring along your umbrella.
along of, Chiefly Southern U.S. and British Dialect.
owing to; because of:
We weren’t invited, along of your rudeness.
in company with:
You come along of me to the store.
get along. get (def 36).
all along, all the time; throughout:
I knew all along that it was a lie.
be along, Informal. to arrive at a place; come:
They should be along soon.
over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal plane: along the road
continuing over the length of some specified thing
in accompaniment; together with some specified person or people: he says he’d like to come along
forward: the horse trotted along at a steady pace
to a more advanced state: he got the work moving along
along with, accompanying; together with: consider the advantages along with the disadvantages
Old English andlang “entire, continuous; extended; all day long; alongside of,” from and- “opposite, against” (from Proto-Germanic *andi-, *anda-, from PIE *anti “against,” locative singular of *ant- “front, forehead;” see ante) + lang “long” (see long (adj.)). Sense extended to “through the whole length of.”
Will come, will arrive, as in John said he’d be along in a few minutes, or The doctor’s report will be along by the end of the week. This phrase always indicates a future event. [ ; early 1800s ]
along for the ride
along in years
along the lines of
the organ of sight, in vertebrates typically one of a pair of spherical bodies contained in an orbit of the skull and in humans appearing externally as a dense, white, curved membrane, or sclera, surrounding a circular, colored portion, or iris, that is covered by a clear, curved membrane, or cornea, and in the center […]
Nautical. the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel. on her beam-ends, Nautical. heeled so far on one side that the deck is practically vertical: The schooner was blown over on her beam-ends. on one’s / the beam-ends, Slang. in desperate straits, especially financial straits. Also, on the beam’s ends. Historical Examples If […]
a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. Words are composed of one or more morphemes and are either the smallest units susceptible of independent use or consist of two or three such units combined under certain linking conditions, as […]
(used to indicate a point or place occupied in space); in, on, or near: to stand at the door; at the bottom of the barrel. (used to indicate a location or position, as in time, on a scale, or in order): at zero; at noon; at age 65; at the end; at the lowest point. […]