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

Its work is mostly remote, and volunteers use a Slack channel to coordinate as well as regular calls with campaign officials. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 Not some remote, faraway place or even a place that is near, but a place that is here within. Kristin Clark Taylor, Washington Post, "Thai soccer coach meditated with boys to calm them in the cave. We can all learn from them.," 11 July 2018 The chance of that happening is remote, however, because such a decision would require a unanimous vote by the other EU governments, and Hungary, for one, has vowed to stop it. The Economist, "Poland’s government sacks a third of its Supreme Court," 5 July 2018 These parks are more remote, and services may be limited. David Swanson, latimes.com, "National parks where you can find solitude in summer," 1 July 2018 Last year, MissionU, a venture-backed for-profit school, debuted a mostly remote, full-time, one-year program with the bold mission of replacing traditional undergraduate education. Lindsay Gellman, The Atlantic, "Code Now. Pay Tuition Later.," 30 June 2018 The focus of the Couture Collection will be on the most remote, untouched and hard-to-access destinations in the world, Biffi said. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Couture Collection tours at Silversea promise rare adventures," 29 June 2018 The kit is controlled by Skylink’s Internet Hub, and includes a motion sensor, keychain remote, and two door/window sensors. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "A new Nantucket hotel, Cayman Islands refunds, and other tidbits," 26 June 2018 Superstar striker Robert Lewandowski’s impact on the match was remote, and a late Grzegorz Krychowiak strike was not enough to spare the blushes of Adam Nawalka’s side. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Poland vs Columbia - Recent Form, Key Battle, Team News, Prediction & More," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to the Chamberlain Group — the parent company to LiftMaster, Chamberlain, Merlin and Grifco — LED bulbs can interfere with the signal between the wireless remote and the receiver on the garage door opener. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "What is the point of front license plates?," 3 June 2018 The whole thing folds down to the size of a portable umbrella; the remote, a refreshingly minimalist device, also folds up for easy transport. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parrot's New Super-Lightweight Anafi Drone Might Be Ideal for the Casual Vacationer," 6 June 2018 Imagine being able to switch from fan to actively cooling by just asking Alexa or Siri instead of getting up or finding the remote. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Summer is here, and I want a smart air conditioner," 27 May 2018 The directive also seeks to ease regulations on commercial remote sensing. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "White House policy seeks fewer lawyers, more engineers at space companies," 24 May 2018 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

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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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