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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Aldrin, whose last name was not disclosed, was born with a severe leg deformity that left him in unbearable pain from simply standing, and prevented him from walking long distances, Fox 35 Orlando reported. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Boy with deformed legs undergoes life-changing surgery at Tebow CURE Hospital," 27 July 2018 Impressive: Reaching the finish line is never guaranteed in ultra running, a supercharged version of the marathon in which athletes attempt far-longer distances in often harsh conditions. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Misconduct alleged at L.A.'s Building and Safety agency," 16 June 2018 Amazon is seeking government permission to use a fleet of drones to deliver packages over long distances. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "How Amazon Became One of Washington’s Most Powerful Players," 20 June 2018 For example, authorities have used long-range acoustic devices, or LRADs, to disperse crowds of protesters with a loud, painful sound over a long distance. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "What we know about the possible 'sonic attacks' in Cuba and now China," 23 May 2018 Pant-hoots are loud and enable chimpanzees to communicate over long distances through the forest. Michael Wilson, Smithsonian, "What Can Chimpanzee Calls Tell Us About the Origins of Human Language?," 10 May 2018 Those include donations from older patients, organs transported over longer distances, and after deaths where the patient’s heart stopped. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "Thousands of organs are lost before they can be donated. Here’s how to save them.," 23 Apr. 2018 Brooks has long hoped to start an academy like this, where interested individuals can learn the art of piping without having to travel a long distance. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Hobart bagpiper group promotes education, Celtic marching," 12 Apr. 2018 Bexar County ranks a lowly 141 for physical environment, a category that includes such factors as levels of air pollution, severe housing shortages and even whether people commute alone over a long distance. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County residents not very healthy now, but the future looks brighter," 14 Mar. 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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