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distance

noun dis·tance \ ˈdis-tən(t)s \

Definition of distance

1 obsolete :discord
2 a :separation (see separation 2b) in time
  • spanning the distance of several centuries
b mathematics :the degree or amount of separation between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects
c (1) mathematics :an extent of area or an advance (see 2advance 1) along a route measured in a straight line
  • measure the distance between point A and point B
  • the distance between the Earth and the Sun
(2) :an extent of space measured other than linearly
  • within walking distance
d :an extent of advance from a beginning
  • they carried Puritan severity quite a distance
  • —John Gould
e :expanse
  • A distance of field, woods, and diluted November sky …
  • —Elizabeth Bowen
f (1) :length of a race or contest
  • won both the 400 meter and the 800 meter distances
(2) :the full length (as of a prizefight or ball game)
(3) :a long race
  • distance training
3 :the quality or state of being distant: such as
a :spatial remoteness
  • quite a distance between the two hospitals
b :personal and especially emotional separation
  • feels a distance from her brother that wasn't there before
; also :reserve, coldness
c :difference, disparity
  • the distance between the two philosophies
4 :a distant point or region
  • gazed out into the distance
5 a fine arts :aesthetic distance
b :capacity to observe dispassionately
go the distance or less commonly last the distance
:to complete a course of action

Examples of distance in a Sentence

  1. What is the distance between the Earth and the Sun?

  2. The gas station is a short distance away.

  3. Speed is measured in time and distance.

  4. She kept the children a safe distance from the road.

  5. The sign was hard to read from a distance.

  6. We followed them at a distance.

  7. She feels a distance from her brother that wasn't there before.

  8. Although they were once good friends, there was now considerable distance between them.

  9. He wants to put distance between himself and his former boss.

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Origin and Etymology of distance


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distance

verb

Definition of distance

distanced; distancing
transitive verb
1 :to make or maintain a personal or emotional separation from :to place or keep at a distance
  • able to distance themselves from the tragedy
  • distances herself from her coworkers
2 :to leave far behind :outstrip
  • easily distanced the other candidates in the race

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Origin and Etymology of distance


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distance

adjective

Definition of distance

:taking place via electronic media linking instructors and students who are not together in a classroom
  • distance learning
  • distance education

Origin and Etymology of distance



DISTANCE Defined for English Language Learners

distance

noun

Definition of distance for English Language Learners

  • : the amount of space between two places or things

  • : a point or place that is far away from another point or place

  • : a state in which people are not involved with or friendly toward each other


distance

verb

Definition of distance for English Language Learners

  • : to show that you are not involved with someone or something : to end a connection to or relationship with someone or something


DISTANCE Defined for Kids

distance

noun dis·tance \ ˈdi-stəns \

Definition of distance for Students

1 :how far from each other two points or places are
2 :a point or place that is far away
  • He saw a light in the distance.
3 :the quality or state of not being friendly
  • She heard the distance in his voice.


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