long-distance

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adjective

long-dis·​tance ˈlȯŋ-ˈdi-stən(t)s How to pronounce long-distance (audio)
1
: of or relating to telephone communication with a distant point especially outside a specified area
2
a
: 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

long-distance

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adverb

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

long distance

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noun

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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Adjective
Is Annette Bening, who earned her fifth nomination this year for her portrayal of long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, overdue? Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Intended as a grand tourer, the new car features a fully adjustable suspension configured for winding country roads and long-distance driving, Cyan Racing says. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The country’s fourth-largest city is also a launching pad for one of its most popular long-distance hiking trails: the 34-mile Ala-Kul trek. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Discover the Magic of These Lamps On a long-distance relationship? Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Shipwrecks Teem With Underwater Life, From Microbes To Sharks Though the settlement of Australia remains hotly debated, many experts believe that to make the trip, Indigenous Australians must have been capable of long-distance sea travel (as opposed to having drifted there accidentally). Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 The movie begins with Bryce Dallas Howard as a famous author named Elly Conway, who spends her reclusive life writing spy novels, her mother (Catherine O'Hara) serving as her long-distance beta reader. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 The app is geared toward long-distance couples, though the technology seems likely to crop up in other corners of the web. Emily Dreibelbis, PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024 Two dogs share the world record for the long-distance competition. Brent Frazee, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024
Adverb
Travelers who take off on months-long, around-the-world cruises enjoy the combination of daily resort-style perks and once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences only long-distance cruising can offer. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2023 In the East Regional, Michigan State and Kansas State combined for 24 made 3s, both shooting over 45% from long-distance. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2023 There would be no range anxiety because without long-distance pretensions, nobody would attempt to go too far, and no one would be stranded. Neil Winton, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Everything becomes a bit more complicated after Kitty moves halfway across the world to reunite with her long-distance boyfriend. Charna Flam, Variety, 23 Mar. 2023 Zane Robertson, a prominent middle- and long-distance runner from New Zealand, has been given an eight-year ban by the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand for doping and meddling with tests. Jason Hahn, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2023 Mackey returned to the race after several years away and was carrying some of the ashes of his late brother — long-distance mushing legend Lance Mackey, who died from cancer last year — along with the ashes of his mother with him on the trail. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Mar. 2023 Best Long Distance Gift: Sister Pillow Krifton Long Distance Sister Pillow Krifton Long Distance Sister Pillow $13 at Amazon Dealing with a long-distance sister relationship? Jasmine Gomez, Women's Health, 20 Mar. 2023 His team’s project could transform long-distance space exploration, dramatically expanding the astronomical neighborhood accessible to us. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 15 Mar. 2023
Noun
Light was in nursing school at the time and the two had to date long distance, which proved to be a challenge for both. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Many in Jokkmokk commute long distances to work in the mines of Gällivare and Kiruna, so working closer to home would be convenient. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 As previously mentioned, the offense took only five attempts from long distance in the second half, but two of them loomed large. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 14 Jan. 2024 The Kissing Mugs The Kissing Mugs from Uncommon Goods are like a BFF necklace for your favorite coffee date, including your long distance Valentine. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 The aft cockpit was left open, as on any sportfishing design, while a tower at the top allows captain and crew to sight billfish from a long distance. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 1 Feb. 2024 Sacramento started 0 for 10 from long distance and fell down by 15 after one quarter. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 No one disputes that much of the nation is starved for primary care clinicians, with patients having to wait weeks to get appointments or travel long distances for basic preventive care. Rae Ellen Bichell, Fortune Well, 30 Jan. 2024 The perimeter offense wasn’t pretty, but made a couple of key contributions Maryland’s reputation for struggling from long distance won’t change for the better after its performance against Illinois. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Adverb

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of long-distance was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Long-distance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-distance. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

long-distance

1 of 3 adjective
long-dis·​tance
-ˈdis-tən(t)s
1
: of or relating to telephone communication with a distant point
2
a
: situated a long distance away
b
: going or covering a long distance
long-distance roads
a long-distance runner
c
: conducted or effective over a long distance
a long-distance relationship
long-distance listening devices

long-distance

2 of 3 adverb
: by long-distance telephone

long distance

3 of 3 noun
1
: communication by long-distance telephone
2
: a telephone operator or exchange that gives long-distance connections
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