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 for elongation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elongation \E`lon*ga"tion\ (?; 277), n. [LL. elongatio: cf. F.
     1. The act of lengthening, or the state of being lengthened;
        protraction; extension. "Elongation of the fibers."
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     2. That which lengthens out; continuation.
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              May not the mountains of Westmoreland and Cumberland
              be considered as elongations of these two chains?
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     3. Removal to a distance; withdrawal; a being at a distance;
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              The distant points in the celestial expanse appear
              to the eye in so small a degree of elongation from
              one another, as bears no proportion to what is real.
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     4. (Astron.) The angular distance of a planet from the sun;
        as, the elongation of Venus or Mercury.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the quality of being elongated
      2: an addition to the length of something [syn: elongation,
      3: the act of lengthening something

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