remote

adjective
re·​mote | \ ri-ˈmōt \
remoter; remotest

Definition of remote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : separated by an interval or space greater than usual an involucre remote from the flower
2 : far removed in space, time, or relation : divergent the remote past comments remote from the truth
3 : out-of-the-way, secluded a remote cabin in the hills
4 : acting, acted on, or controlled indirectly or from a distance remote computer operation also : relating to the acquisition of information about a distant object (as by radar or photography) without coming into physical contact with it remote sensing
5 : not arising from a primary or proximate action
6 : small in degree : slight a remote possibility hadn't the remotest idea of what was going on
7 : distant in manner : aloof

remote

noun

Definition of remote (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a radio or television program or a portion of a program originating outside the studio

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Other Words from remote

Adjective

remotely adverb
remoteness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remote

Synonyms: Adjective

fragile, frail, negligible, off, outside, slight, slim, small

Antonyms: Adjective

good

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Examples of remote in a Sentence

Adjective

She enjoys reading about remote lands. The mission is to transport medical supplies to remote areas of the globe. a tradition that dates back to remote antiquity an invention that may be available in the remote future There is a remote possibility that I'll be free Friday night.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In recent years, more health providers have been turning to telemedicine for adult mental-health services, offering remote, real-time video and audio appointments with a psychiatrist or counselor for patients who don’t have easy access to care. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Psychiatrist Can See Your Child Now, Virtually," 8 Jan. 2019 Try the Faroe Islands My most sophisticated guests are seeking out proprietary experiences that can only occur in remote, even secret locations. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 The risk of leprosy — now called Hansen’s disease — being imported from Latin America is similarly remote. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The car, the crew, and lots of boxes of stuff will have to be shipped there from the team's Bristol, UK headquarters, so the site can't be too remote or belong to people who don't want them there. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Small changes, big impacts The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, compiled by hundreds of scientists from around the world, warns that these dangers are no longer remote or hypothetical. Nadja Popovich, The Seattle Times, "Why half a degree of global warming is a big deal," 9 Oct. 2018 One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia, the Okefenokee, near the border with Florida, is protected as a National Wildlife Refuge, which means the Stephen C. Foster State Park is very remote. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Plan your trip: A guide to the Okefenokee swamp," 2 July 2018 This time around some supporters again fear that dirty tricks could be employed to keep him from office, even as authorities and outside observers say the possibility is remote. Andrea Rodriguez, chicagotribune.com, "Ahead of Mexico's presidential election, fears and warnings over possible fraud," 29 June 2018 The chances of the Orioles moving to Music City — or anywhere else for that matter — are extremely remote. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: Some are whispering about Orioles' future in Baltimore, but would they ever leave?," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Montagna's memory was jarred in particular by noticing something interesting about the older Wii remote's d-pad and primary buttons: that they were lifted wholesale from the Game Boy Advance SP. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Japanese auction reveals Nintendo’s first Wii remote—for the GameCube," 28 Oct. 2018 The midday sun ducked behind a rain cloud, dimming the living room into a sort of sepia tone, and Les Williams, feeling restless and a bit bored, pointed the remote at the television and put on football. Jesse Dougherty, chicagotribune.com, "Former Alabama player Les Williams is one of more than 100 suing NCAA over brain injuries," 3 July 2018 And right now at Best Buy, the remote is on sale for $100. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "5 Best 4th of July Tech Deals at Best Buy," 2 July 2018 The easy jobs involve Bonsignore showing customers how to use the remote. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s pulling the plug on the ‘cable guy’ stereotype," 1 June 2018 Piper found the remote and switched on the television near the foot of the bed. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Chuck Palahniuk has a new satirical novel, 'Adjustment Day': Read an excerpt," 30 Apr. 2018 The function enables subscribers to program their DVR from a smart phone or laptop computer instead of the TV remote. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Comcast's legal spat with Tivo could threaten its status as a top tech firm," 31 Jan. 2018 But by missing the Friday deadline, any proposal to emerge from the talks wouldn’t be eligible for expedited floor procedures in Congress this year—making chances of passage remote given that few legislative days remain in 2018. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Panel Won’t Meet Deadline on Fix for Multiemployer Pension Plans," 29 Nov. 2018 For one, the indoor drone is designed with motion sensors, so kids can fly it around and perform tricks with just their hands — no remote needed! Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Air Hogs Supernova Is the Hottest "Big Kid Toy" of 2018," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of remote

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remote

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin remotus, from past participle of removēre to remove

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remote

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of remote

: far away

: far away from other people, houses, cities, etc.

: far away in time : happening a long time ago or far into the future

remote

adjective
re·​mote | \ ri-ˈmōt \
remoter; remotest

Kids Definition of remote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : far off in place or time remote countries the remote past
2 : secluded sense 1 a remote valley
3 : small in degree a remote possibility
4 : distant in manner : aloof
5 : not closely connected or related remote ancestors

Other Words from remote

remotely adverb
remoteness noun

remote

noun

Kids Definition of remote (Entry 2 of 2)

remote

adjective
re·​mote
remoter; remotest

Legal Definition of remote

1a : far removed in space, time, or relation ancestors of a more remote degree
b : exceeding the time allowed under the rule against perpetuities for the vesting of interests the residuary clause…violates the rule against remote vestingEstate of Grove, 70 Cal. App. 3d 355 (1977) also : being in violation of the rule against perpetuities a remote contingent estate
2 : acting, acted on, or controlled indirectly or from a distance
3a : not proximate or acting directly
b : not arising from the effect of that which is proximate
4 : small in degree a remote possibility of paternity

Other Words from remote

remotely adverb
remoteness noun

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