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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

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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There have been no game-winners or game-tying swings at the end of regulation, no booming kicks from long distance. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: How the Colts built one of the NFL's best special teams units," 19 Nov. 2020 Curry and Thompson will still heave from long distance. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: How the Warriors will quickly become an NBA championship contender again," 12 Nov. 2020 Back in May, fans noticed what seemed to be long distance touch bracelets on the pair. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Chase Hudson and Charli D'Amelio Were Caught Wearing Matching Heart-Shaped Rings," 22 Oct. 2020 Lee's advice for new travelers is to start small and local, something that has gained more popularity now that the pandemic makes long distance trips that much more difficult. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "7 continents, 1 wheelchair: Cory Lee's adventures show travel has no boundaries," 19 Sep. 2020 Coaches are working with Mobley to improve his shooting, especially from long distance. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Why Evan Mobley is poised to be the next Onyeka Okongwu for USC," 6 Nov. 2020 It’s not unusual for the couple to have vulnerable conversations on the phone because their relationship has always been long distance. Lauren Rowello, New York Times, "A ‘Final Fantasy’ Alliance Gets Real," 3 Sep. 2020 Redistricting commission Chair Colleen Coyle Mathis addressed the meeting via video because she was scheduled to speak long distance with a group in Michigan, where voters approved a redistricting commission of their own in 2018. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "How a Supreme Court decision from Ruth Bader Ginsburg shaped Arizona's political landscape," 20 Sep. 2020 Outbursts of mixed emotions like this are common in the face of long distance relationships, according to Theresa E. DiDonato, Ph.D., a social psychologist and associate professor at Loyola University Maryland. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "How To Keep Long Distance Friendships Alive & Well," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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“Long-distance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-distance. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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