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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

Examples of long-distance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Woods, a product of Glendale Apollo High School, finished with nine points, hitting three of four tries from long distance and the Bears were unable to get closer than four points the rest of the way. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU slips past Cal 70-62 in Pac-12 opener; Marcus Bagley injured," 4 Dec. 2020 Members were served by circuit riders (clergy in the Methodist Episcopal Church and related denomination) who seldom saw their charges more than once every two or three months because of the long distance of their circuit. cleveland, "Avon United Methodist Church celebrates 200 years: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 5 Sep. 2020 For as much as Jesuit struggled to make shots near the basket through the first three quarters, De La Salle (5-4) struggled from long distance. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Boys basketball: Second-chance points help Jesuit win against De La Salle," 30 Dec. 2020 An unknown older woman, sounding scared, had called Detroit police long distance on a 24-hour hotline and wanted to pass along a tip. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, "How Benny Napoleon helped crack 'The Whack Heard 'Round the World' of Nancy Kerrigan," 18 Dec. 2020 That was third on the Spurs among players who attempted at least 100 shots from long distance. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "End of an era: Bryn Forbes leaving Spurs," 22 Nov. 2020 This is why an active bait can attract a fish to bite from a long distance versus a dead minnow hanging below the ice. Brian Bashore, Outdoor Life, "10 Early Ice Fishing Walleye Tactics That Will Put You on the Bite," 21 Dec. 2020 In some ideal future, people could—perhaps—climb into a hyperloop pod and travel quickly over a long distance. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "The first hyperloop passengers just took a short but important ride," 11 Nov. 2020 The battery serves as a marathon runner, providing a steady discharge over a long distance. The Economist, "The tortoise and the hare How to hybridise batteries and supercapacitors," 7 Nov. 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 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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