- Present participle of distance.
- The process of becoming distant.
Variant of distance
- 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
go the distance
to last through an activity; specif., to pitch an entire baseball game without being replaced
keep at a distance
to be reserved or cool toward; treat aloofly
keep one's distance
to be or remain aloof or reserved