hailing distance

noun

Definition of hailing distance

:the distance within which it is possible to hear someone who is calling out
  • They were within hailing distance of each other.

Word by Word Definitions

hail play hailing
  1. : precipitation in the form of small balls or lumps usually consisting of concentric layers of clear ice and compact snow

  2. : something that gives the effect of a shower of hail

  1. : to precipitate hail (see 1hail)

  2. : to pour down or strike like hail

  1. used as a salutation

  2. used to express acclamation

  1. : salute, greet

  2. : to greet with enthusiastic approval : acclaim

  3. : to greet or summon by calling

  1. : an exclamation of greeting or acclamation

  2. : a calling to attract attention

  3. : hearing distance

distance play
  1. : discord

  2. : separation (see separation 2b) in time

  3. : the degree or amount of separation between two points, lines, surfaces, or objects

  1. : to make or maintain a personal or emotional separation from : to place or keep at a distance

  2. : to leave far behind : outstrip

  1. : taking place via electronic media linking instructors and students who are not together in a classroom


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