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

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

Wei, Qiang, and Lina grew up together in a remote silk-producing village. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, "'What We Were Promised' depicts post-Mao China in a deft debut novel set in Shanghai," 13 July 2018 About 200 tourists visiting the remote Havasu Falls area of the Grand Canyon are being evacuated by helicopter Thursday due to flash flooding overnight. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Flash flood closes Havasupai falls," 12 July 2018 Scientists are rarely able to test dead orcas, as their bodies sink or wash up in remote areas, so much of their plight remains unknown. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low," 10 July 2018 The decision was a severe blow to this remote area of the Rio Grande Valley, the poorest pocket of Texas. Bloomberg.com, "Prisonville, Texas, Hopes to Reboot Its Economy on the Back of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown," 28 June 2018 In his letter, Walker noted the importance of the internet in Alaska for the delivery of services, especially in remote areas. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Walker rejects lawmakers’ request to issue executive order on net neutrality," 26 June 2018 There are other obstacles, too: the difficulty of reaching people in remote areas on difficult roads that are sometimes muddy and the need to tamp down the rumors and distrust that often plague responses to major outbreaks. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response," 23 June 2018 Paso Palmas is a school in the remote area in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "First Hurricane Maria, now this: a Puerto Rico town mourns the loss of its school," 15 June 2018 When there is a theft, Fanamby now goes to the authorities to press a complaint so that farmers in remote areas don’t have to leave their crops in the middle of harvest season. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pathrise, a remote, part-time program that started offering an ISA option in January, helps software engineers and others polish their job-search and interviewing skills. Lindsay Gellman, The Atlantic, "Code Now. Pay Tuition Later.," 30 June 2018 The remote has four different speed settings that limit your speed and acceleration. Ben Fox, Outside Online, "Testing the Evolve GTX Electric Skateboard," 19 June 2018 The garage remote was used to gain access to the garage and a bag of tools worth $1,000 with a small safe were taken. Kari Barnett, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton area crime log: June 19-July 4," 6 July 2018 During the body of the meeting, panelists discussed work on commercial remote sensing licenses, launch regulations that will stem from the second space policy directive, the best strategies to return to the moon and future exploration missions. Sarah Lewin, Scientific American, "Trump Orders “Space Force,” Signs Space-Traffic Policy," 19 June 2018 The team stacked the plane with test dummies, luggage, and telemetry, and rigged up a rudimentary remote piloting system so that the final descent could be steered from a chase plane once the crew ditched. Sam Eifling, Popular Mechanics, "This Deliberate Plane Crash Can Teach You How to Ride One Out," 21 Apr. 2016 The remote posting served to isolate John D. Lee, who bore the brunt of the blame for the Mountain Meadow Massacre in which 120 emigrants on their way to California were killed. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 Police reported a keyless remote had been left under the driver's seat. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lock those cars: Rash of thefts from vehicles reported in Mequon," 3 July 2018 The new model came with a fancy remote that the Xfinity guy immediately dissed. Sally Higginson, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Smart TVs don't always result in a smarter TV watcher," 27 June 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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Phrases Related to remote

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The first known use of remote was in the 15th century

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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

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remotely adverb
remoteness noun

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