Defining the Term Oblong
Date: 05/15/2000 at 08:21:07 From: Daniel Copley Subject: Oblong Can you give a definition of the term "oblong"? Is it a rectangle whose sides are not equal? That is, "rectangle" being a generic term for a quadrilateral with four right angles, subdivided into: (1) squares: equal-sided rectangles, and (2) oblongs: non-equal-sided rectangles?
Date: 05/15/2000 at 12:11:19 From: Doctor Douglas Subject: Re: Oblong Hi Daniel, Yes, I use the term "oblong" to mean a rectangle that has one pair of parallel sides longer than the other pair. The dictionary says that the shape is not necessarily rectangular (e.g. a sphere or circle can be stretched along one direction), but I have only rarely heard it used for shapes other than rectangles. - Doctor Douglas, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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