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long-distance

adjective long-dis·tance \ ˈlȯŋ-ˈdi-stən(t)s \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of long-distance

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

First Known Use of long-distance

1848

in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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long-distance

adverb

Definition of long-distance

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

First Known Use of long-distance

1850

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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long distance

noun

Definition of long distance

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

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First Known Use of long distance

1902

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LONG-DISTANCE Defined for English Language Learners

long-distance

Definition of long-distance for English Language Learners

  • : 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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