remote

adjective
re·​mote | \ ri-ˈmōt How to pronounce remote (audio) \
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

Founded in 1986, the museum was located previously at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Jacobs Camp in the remote town of Utica, Mississippi. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "A museum on Southern Jews moves its eclectic 4,000-item collection across state lines," 9 July 2019 As the sun rose Saturday, officials fanned out across the remote, high desert towns of Ridgecrest and Trona to determine the extent of the damage. Anchorage Daily News, "No deaths reported in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Southern California," 6 July 2019 When the quake struck Thursday morning, the remote town — situated in the northwest corner of San Bernardino County, the quake’s epicenter — was quiet. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Near earthquake epicenter in Trona, ‘it looks like a tornado went through’," 5 July 2019 The trail follows the grade of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that, beginning in the late 19th century, snaked its way through the rugged San Juan Mountains, including stops in Telluride and other remote silver mining towns. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019 Many officers live in remote, lonely towns, and work in 120-degree heat. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "“Bodies and minds are breaking down”: Inside US border agency’s suicide crisis," 2 July 2019 When Hurston interviewed him in the late 1920s, Kossula was living in a remote Alabama town, widowed for many years. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "J.D. Allen Wants You to Know Who He Is, With or Without His Saxophone," 24 June 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4: Wrangell Island Drop anchor at the remote town of Wrangell, situated on the northern tip of Wrangell Island. National Geographic, "Wild Alaska Escape: A Voyage from Juneau to Ketchikan," 17 June 2019 Hipgnosis Songs Fund and The Family (Music) founder Merck Mercuriadis, one-time manager of such acts as Guns N' Roses, Sir Elton John, Iron Maiden, Morrissey and Beyoncé, grew up in Schefferville, a remote iron ore town in Nova Scotia. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Behind the Meteoric Rise of Merck Mercuriadis' Hipgnosis and Why He'd Like to 'Abolish the Word Publishing': Q&A," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Virts, Neihouse and cinematographers Richard Crudo and Jannicke Mikkelsen are featured in a remote The Hollywood Reporter Behind the Screen podcast from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Astronaut Terry Virts Directing Movie About His Round-the-World Speed Record Attempt," 8 July 2019 In the new horror film Midsommar, William Jackson Harper plays an anthropology student named Josh, one of several Americans who visit a remote — and increasingly ominous — commune in Sweden. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Midsommar star says his Good Place character would have 'gotten the f— out of there'," 3 July 2019 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would like to be able to compare the various climate models against the hard remote-sensing data to determine which models provide the best fit. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Future Fabric of Data Analysis," 9 Oct. 2013 The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, are still looking for the remote. azcentral, "Can the Diamondbacks be something more than perfectly mediocre this season?," 26 June 2019 Most people won’t use the new remote today, but building these kinds of products could make new interactions possible for everyone later on. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes," 17 June 2019 Amid the remote, rolling hills, a national park has taken shape to honor the victims. Washington Post, "Tower at Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary," 3 June 2018 Amid the remote, rolling hills, a national park has taken shape to honor the victims. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Tower at Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary," 3 June 2018 Last summer, power lines sparked wildfires in remotes areas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range that killed at least 100 people, some still trapped in their cars, as fires consumed whole towns and more than 1.5 million acres. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "California’s wildfires may be the best thing to happen to home batteries," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce remote (audio) \
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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