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# What shape is an oblong?

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An oblong is a rectangle that does not have all equal sides. A square is not an oblong, but any other type of rectangle is.

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An oblong can also describe any shape that is longer than it is wide. For instance, an oval is also considered oblong. Some common examples are a piece of paper or a spaghetti squash. The word originated from the French word "oblonge," which came from the Latin word "oblongus." It first came into English in Middle English. Essentially, the Latin word means "long," from "longus" and "towards," from "ob"; in other words, leaning toward being long rather than short.

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Both "oval" and "oblong" are adjectives often used to describe shapes or outlines. While "oval" is defined as "having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg," "oblong" is defined as "elongated, usually from the square or circular form."

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The characteristics of a square are that it is a regular quadrilateral with equal sides and four 90-degree angles. Quadrilaterals can only be squares if they match a list of conditions, including that they must have two adjacent equal sides and be a rhombus with all equal angles.

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A rectangle has four right angles and two pairs of equal sides. Rectangles are four-sided polygons known as quadrilaterals. Other types of quadrilaterals are the square, rhombus, trapezoid, parallelogram and kite.