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

Examples of equidistant in a Sentence

Points on a circle are equidistant from its center. Montreal is roughly equidistant from New York, Boston, and Toronto.
Recent Examples on the Web The convenient location to the region’s gateway airport in Nice places guests equidistant from Monaco and Saint-Tropez, which are about an hour away by private boat. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2024 But unlike the Equator (0 degrees latitude), which is equidistant from the north and south poles, there is no natural basis for 0 degrees longitude. Emefa Addo Agawu, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2024 Central Business District: Also thought of as New Orleans' downtown, the Central Business District (CBD) is centrally located, roughly equidistant to the Marigny and the Garden District. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 Both are around 1,700-square-foot ranches with similar layouts, located in 20-year old developments equidistant to downtown St. Louis. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 Matho is originally from Grenoble, France, about equidistant from Lyon and Geneva, Switzerland. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Zero drop running shoes are specifically designed to be minimalist (AKA, almost no cushioning) and equidistant to the ground from the heel and the forefoot. Madeline Howard, Women's Health, 1 Aug. 2023 It’s perched on a hill in a rural community of just under 100,000 people equidistant to Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 12 July 2023 Now, the camera does this through smart pixels, differently from a standard camera, where every pixel triggers information the same time at equidistant time intervals. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Oct. 2023

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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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“Equidistant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equidistant. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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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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