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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

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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 For Utah to level this series on its home court today, Bogdanovic will likely need another big game from long distance. Xl Media, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 New York was 14 of 30 from long distance the rest of the way. Noah Trister, Hartford Courant, 9 Apr. 2022 And the confidence spread to all of Kansas’ shooters, who collectively buried 13-of-24 from long distance, including a pair late in the game from Christian Braun to slam the door on Villanova’s last surge. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2022 In the Sweet 16, Providence went 4 of 23 from long distance in a five-point loss to the Jayhawks. Noah Trister, ajc, 1 Apr. 2022 Evan Fournier scored 30 points, going 6-for-8 from long distance, for the Knicks, whose four-game win streak ended. San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2022 Some did manage to have a short fling with a man; but in most cases, these relationships – exceedingly difficult to maintain at a long distance – fizzled out. Min Joo Lee, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 The use of drones for targeting purposes will allow the Navy to detect, track, and destroy enemy targets at long distance without exposing friendly ships to enemy sensors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 Apr. 2021 Operating at long distance is no longer the specialty of Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry alone. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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