Distance meaning

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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.

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A point removed in time.

At a distance of 11 years, his memory of the crime was blurry.

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An amount of progress.

The curriculum committee is a distance from where it was last month.

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The full period or length of a contest or game.

The challenger had never attempted the distance of 12 rounds.

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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.

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The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space.
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The fact or condition of being apart in space; remoteness.
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The length or numerical value of a straight line or curve.
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Difference or disagreement.

The candidates could not be at a greater distance on this issue.

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Emotional separateness or reserve; aloofness.
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To place or keep at or as if at a distance.
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To cause to appear at a distance.
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To leave far behind; outrun.
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The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space.
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The fact or condition of being apart in space; remoteness.
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The length or numerical value of a straight line or curve.
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A stretch of space without designation of limit; an expanse.

A land of few hills and great distances.

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The extent of time between two events; an intervening period.
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A point removed in time.

At a distance of 11 years, his memory of the crime was blurry.

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The full period or length of a contest or game.

The challenger had never attempted the distance of 12 rounds.

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An amount of progress.

The curriculum committee is a distance from where it was last month.

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Difference or disagreement.

The candidates could not be at a greater distance on this issue.

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To place or keep at or as if at a distance.
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To cause to appear at a distance.
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To leave far behind; outrun.
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The fact or condition of being separated or removed in space or time; remoteness.
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A gap, space, or interval between two points, lines, objects, etc.
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An interval between two points in time.
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The length of a line between two points.

The distance between Paris and Rome.

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A remoteness in relationship; dissimilarity; disparity.

The distance between wealth and poverty.

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A remoteness in behavior; coolness of manner; reserve.
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A remote point in space.

Away in the distance.

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A faraway point of time.

At this distance we cannot know Neanderthal man.

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The depicting of distance, as in a landscape.
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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.
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That covers a middle distance or a long distance.

To train as a distance runner.

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To place or hold at some distance.
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A stretch of space without designation of limit; an expanse.

A land of few hills and great distances.

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The extent of time between two events; an intervening period.
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Emotional separateness or reserve; aloofness.
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To do better or more than; leave behind; outdo; outdistance.
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(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.

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Length or interval of time.
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(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.

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Remoteness of place; a remote place.
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Remoteness in succession or relation.

The distance between a descendant and his ancestor.

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A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.
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(uncountable, figuratively) The entire amount of progress to an objective.

He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.

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(uncountable, figuratively) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.

The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.

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The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
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To move away (from) someone or something.

He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues.

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To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.
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go the distance
  • To last through an activity; specif., to pitch an entire baseball game without being replaced.
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keep at a distance
  • To be reserved or cool toward; treat aloofly.
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keep one's distance
  • To be or remain aloof or reserved.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of distance

  • 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”).
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