- Distance is defined as the amount of space between two things or the state of being far apart.
- An example of distance is five feet between two tables.
- An example of distance is the difference between two sides of an issue.
- To distance is defined as to leave behind.
An example of to distance is to stop talking to a certain friend, to distance yourself from your friend.
Distance is the space between these tables.
- the fact or condition of being separated or removed in space or time; remoteness
- a gap, space, or interval between two points, lines, objects, etc.
- an interval between two points in time
- the length of a line between two points: the distance between Paris and Rome
- a remoteness in relationship; dissimilarity; disparity: the distance between wealth and poverty
- a remoteness in behavior; coolness of manner; reserve
- a remote point in space: away in the distance
- a faraway point of time: at this distance we cannot know Neanderthal man
- Painting the depicting of distance, as in a landscape
- Horse Racing a space that is a certain distance back from the finish line: in order to be qualified for future heats, a horse must have reached this space by the time the winner has completed the course
Origin of distanceMiddle English distaunce ; from Old French distance ; from Classical Latin distantia ; from distans, present participle of distare, to stand apart ; from dis-, apart + stare, stand
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- The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space.
- The fact or condition of being apart in space; remoteness.
- Mathematics The length or numerical value of a straight line or curve.
- a. The extent of space between points on a measured course.b. The length of a race, especially of a horserace.
- a. A point or area that is far away: “Telephone poles stretched way into a distance I couldn't quite see” (Leigh Allison Wilson).b. A depiction of a such a point or area.
- A stretch of space without designation of limit; an expanse: a land of few hills and great distances.
- The extent of time between two events; an intervening period.
- A point removed in time: At a distance of 11 years, his memory of the crime was blurry.
- The full period or length of a contest or game: The challenger had never attempted the distance of 12 rounds.
- An amount of progress: The curriculum committee is a distance from where it was last month.
- Difference or disagreement: The candidates could not be at a greater distance on this issue.
- Emotional separateness or reserve; aloofness.
transitive verbdis·tanced, dis·tanc·ing, dis·tanc·es
- To place or keep at or as if at a distance: “monks who had distanced themselves from the official ecclesiastical hierarchy by resurrecting the ascetic traditions of the early Church Fathers” (Rosamund Bartlett).
- To cause to appear at a distance.
- To leave far behind; outrun.
See also measurement.echolocation the fixing of the position of an object by transmitting a signal and measuring the time required for it to bounce back, typically done by radar or sonar. hodometer odometer. nauscopy the ability, sometimes pretended, to sight ships or land at great distances. odograph a device that records the distance traveled; a recording odometer or pedometer. odometer a device for measuring the distance passed over, as by an automobile. Also spelled hodometer. pedometer a device that measures the distance walked by counting the number of steps taken. tachymeter a surveying instrument for measuring distance, height, elevation, etc. tachymetry the measurement of distance, height, elevation, etc., with a tachymeter. telemeter 1. an instrument for measuring the distance of objects from the observer, as the range finder in artillery. 2. an electronic device for taking readings from other distant instruments. telemetry the science or use of the telemeter; long-distance measurement. telepheme Rare. a communication or conversation by telephone. viameter an early form of odometer, for measuring the distance traveled by a carriage. Also viatometer.
(countable and uncountable, plural distances)
- (countable) The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
- The distance to Petersborough is thirty miles.
- There is a long distance between Moscow and Vladivostok.
- Length or interval of time.
- (countable, informal) The difference; the subjective measure between two quantities.
- We're narrowing the distance between the two versions of the bill.
- The distance between the lowest and next gear on my bicycle is annoying.
- Remoteness of place; a remote place.
- Remoteness in succession or relation.
- the distance between a descendant and his ancestor
- A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.
- (uncountable, figuratively) The entire amount of progress to an objective.
- He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.
- (uncountable, figuratively) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.
- The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.
- The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
(third-person singular simple present distances, present participle distancing, simple past and past participle distanced)
- To move away (from) someone or something.
- He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues.
- To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distantia (“distance, remoteneness, difference”), from distāns, present participle of distō (“I stand apart, I am separate, distant, or different”), from di-, dis- (“apart”) + stō (“I stand”).