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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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Officials overseeing its application for certification to fly long distances over water aren’t working during the shutdown, delaying the next steps. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Delta Expects Shutdown to Hurt Revenue," 15 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, many bicycle makers — including Giant and Trek — are already offering e-bikes with pedal assist, which help the rider pedal faster for longer distances, minimizing fatigue. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "GM is now making e-bikes, and it needs your help naming them," 2 Nov. 2018 If there's enough matter falling into a supermassive black hole, the area shines in superbright X-rays that are visible for long distances. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "The Stuff Falling into This Black Hole Is Moving at Almost 56,000 Miles a Second!," 25 Sep. 2018 All of his horses are well-bred, and particularly suited for longer distances like the Belmont. Joe Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Justify goes for Triple Crown, but is he worth the wager?," 6 June 2018 This is different from the hyperloop, which would clock near supersonic speeds, and be used for long distances. Clive Thompson, WIRED, "Elon Musk Presents His Tunnel Vision to the People of LA," 18 May 2018 But for long distances and big objects, the problem of determining distance changes that are greater than the wavelength of the light become really tough. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018 The albatross, on the other hand, can fly long distances, making it a more efficient hunter in an ocean with fewer and fewer choices of cuisine. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "A century of seabirds’ feathers reveals a changing Pacific Ocean," 21 Feb. 2018 If there’s a semi-long distance between your TV and router, upgrading to the Streaming Stick Plus might be worth the extra twenty bucks. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Roku Premiere review: the cheapest way to 4K," 19 Oct. 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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