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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

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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Many despise the night games and might prefer leaving the house at 6 a.m., as opposing to getting home at 1 a.m. On this matter, however, consideration would have to be given to schools reliant upon fans coming from longer distances. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 football: The Hotline’s most radical schedule suggestion yet (play early … very early)," 6 June 2019 The 26-year-old is a skilled and powerful central defender who can distribute over long distances and has impressively established herself as a likely starter heading into her first World Cup. SI.com, "Meet the 23," 4 June 2019 Further Reading How 10 leading companies are trying to make powerful, low-cost lidar This ability seems particularly valuable at long distances. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Two self-driving startups team up to build a different kind of lidar," 28 May 2019 Power is generated at large power plants and fed into high-voltage transmission lines, which can carry it over long distances. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Contracting with self-driving startup TuSimple, the U.S. Postal Service is currently testing the use of autonomous semi trucks to transport mail over long distances. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "U.S. Postal Service Testing Mail Transport in Self-Driving Semi Trucks," 24 May 2019 Due to the current drought and massive deforestation throughout the country, women have to walk longer distances to access these basic necessities. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 Focusing on negative splits—that is, starting my runs off approximately 20 to 30 seconds slower than my ideal mile time—has allowed me to complete longer distances at a more comfortable pace. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Runners Share 23 Small Training Tips That Changed Everything for Them," 11 Oct. 2018 That little electric boost provides additional psychological help, and to encourage them to ride longer distances. David Roberts, Vox, "No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture," 28 Aug. 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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