long-dis·tance | \ˈlȯŋ-ˈdi-stən(t)s \

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

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These were the dark days of telephone booths (and long distance charges), rabbit-ear TV antennas wrapped with tinfoil to enhance reception, and cameras with flashcubes perched on top. Southern Living, "6 Places Southerners Went to Be "In the Know" Before Facebook," 2 July 2018 Oh, stinky clothes, the bane of the long distance traveler. Jada Yuan, New York Times, "How Do You Pack for a Yearlong Trip?," 27 June 2018 Lemon Grove staff is recommending a 4 percent UUT on electricity, gas, water, telephone (including cell phones and long distance services), and cable television. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lemon Grove to consider various ways to make money," 26 June 2018 The duo had been making long distance work for the past year, with Peth in New York City and Nolan in Seattle. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Bachelor In Paradise Love Birds Taylor Nolan & Derek Peth End Engagement," 26 June 2018 To make a long distance phone call then was really expensive. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Patti Smith on 'Because The Night' at 40: How Her Bruce Springsteen Collaboration Is 'A Whole Life in A Song'," 21 June 2018 The bill would simplify the process for veterans to get authorization to see community providers, rather than travel long distances to VA facilities. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Sen. Chris Murphy Addresses Veterans In Danielson," 6 June 2018 But customers also travel long distances for the Greek specialties. Joan Cary, Aurora Beacon-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Basil’s Greek Dining in Aurora," 8 July 2018 As the cheerleaders explain it, they were required to partake in team meetings, photo shoots, cheer rehearsals, apparel fittings and also travel long distances on behalf of the Texans. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "NFL Teams Previously Have Settled in Cheerleader Lawsuits. Will Texans' Ex-Cheerleaders Set Different Precedent?," 25 June 2018

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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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