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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 Formerly a junior world champion at 1,500 meters, Nuhamin fell off the international competitive scene due to injury but is trying to make her way back at longer distances. Bloomberg.com, "New York Team Helping Immigrant Runners Realize American Dream," 30 Nov. 2019 Some species travel long distances on a daily basis, yo-yo-ing from shallow to deep water to hunt. Lauren Kent, CNN, "How sharks outlived dinosaurs and adapted to suit their environment," 28 Nov. 2019 Dustin Lynch and model Kelli Seymour made their red carpet debut together at the CMA Awards earlier this month Dustin Lynch didn’t let his hectic schedule or long distance stop him from sparking a romance with his current girlfriend. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Dustin Lynch Met His Girlfriend Kelli Seymour by Sliding Into Her Instagram DMs," 26 Nov. 2019 A year of letters and rare long distance calls ensued. courant.com, "Sophie A. Silver," 26 Nov. 2019 What doesn’t help the situation is their relationship is partly long distance. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Kenya Moore Reveals Marital Issues With Marc Daly Began Before Their Daughter's Birth," 25 Nov. 2019 The federal government regulates transmission pipelines, which cover longer distances. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "First round of major oil-gas rules up for adoption in Colorado focus on underground network of flow lines," 21 Nov. 2019 Expanding the use of renewables also will require moving electricity over long distances on the grid, including across state lines, which the federal government could coordinate, Victor said. oregonlive, "Cities, states and companies vow to meet US climate goals without Trump. Can they?," 4 Nov. 2019 Shoppers typically travel long distances on tour buses to spend the day traversing the Chinese malls. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "The buyers and sellers of Khorgos, a special trade zone on the Kazakhstan-China border," 26 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/long-distance. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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