long-dis·​tance | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˈdi-stən(t)s How to pronounce long-distance (audio) \

Definition of long-distance

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of or relating to telephone communication with a distant point especially outside a specified area
2a : situated a long distance away
b : going or covering a long distance long-distance roads a long-distance runner
c : conducted or effective over long distance a long-distance relationship long-distance listening devices



Definition of long-distance (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : by long-distance telephone called her long-distance
2 : over or from a long distance

long distance


Definition of long distance (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : communication by long-distance telephone
2 : a telephone operator or exchange that gives long-distance connections

Examples of long-distance in a Sentence

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Switzer completed the run in 4 hours 20 minutes, disproving claims that women were too frail to run long distances. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 Industry and government officials agree that there should be chargers along highways to cater to people going long distances. Ivan Penn, New York Times, "L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In," 22 June 2019 Stress fracture Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone that are caused by repetitive force, often from overuse, such as repeatedly jumping up and down or running long distances. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Common running injuries," 21 June 2019 These pre-amps are connected at the antenna and send the signal down the line for longer distances. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Splitting your antenna to feed multiple TVs might require an amplifier," 20 June 2019 From childhood, Mulyanza Huguette was strong and lithe and loved to run long distances near her home in Butembo, in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rachel Jones, National Geographic, "Life amid an Ebola outbreak: Combating mistrust—and saving lives," 23 May 2019 What’s striking is that during development — especially during the early stages, when different layers begin to form in the embryo — cells have to flow over one another for relatively long distances. Quanta Magazine, "The Physics of Glass Opens a Window Into Biology," 11 June 2018 That is, until his nascent relationship with the New England IPA soured by way of long distance problems. Emma Simmons, al.com, "Local homebrew clubs bring community to beer lovers," 18 June 2019 FCVs have long distance range and require a short time to refuel. Echo Huang, Quartz, "A hydrogen fueling station fire in Norway has left fuel-cell cars nowhere to charge," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of long-distance


1848, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of long-distance

: going or covering a great distance
: involving people who are far apart
of a telephone call : connecting to a place that is far away

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