equi·​dis·​tant ˌē-kwə-ˈdi-stənt How to pronounce equidistant (audio)
: equally distant
a location equidistant from two major cities
: representing map distances true to scale in all directions
equidistantly adverb

Example Sentences

Points on a circle are equidistant from its center. Montreal is roughly equidistant from New York, Boston, and Toronto.
Recent Examples on the Web On both ends of the ideological spectrum, many Italians harbor a desire to be equidistant from Washington and Moscow. Marcus Walker, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 Cal Poly’s Mott Gym — roughly equidistant between the schools — in front of no fans because of COVID restrictions. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 June 2022 Posad Pokrovske, which lies almost exactly equidistant between Mykolaiv and Kherson, is the last point under Ukrainian control. Nabih Bulosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 For the past five years the Libertine atelier has occupied a cavernous former automotive garage off Santa Monica Boulevard, equidistant from Paramount Studios and Netflix’s sparkling headquarters. Christina Binkley, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2022 But Tucson is nearly equidistant from both cities anyway. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2022 Otherwise the book is perfectly equidistant between riff and investigation. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Ideally situated near the halfway point of Montauk Highway, Topping Rose House is equidistant from the best shopping, cafés, museums, galleries, and restaurants that the East End has to offer. Ariel Okin, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2022 The naval air station at Sigonella in Sicily, where long-range surveillance aircraft are deployed, is almost exactly equidistant from Beirut and Gibraltar at opposite ends of the sea. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin aequidistant-, aequidistans, from Latin aequi- + distant-, distans, present participle of distare to stand apart — more at distant

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of equidistant was in 1556

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Cite this Entry

“Equidistant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equidistant. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


equi·​dis·​tant ˌē-kwə-ˈdis-tənt How to pronounce equidistant (audio)
: equally distant
the two points are equidistant from the line

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