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

The Girl Project Boke is from a remote part of Tanzania that is beautiful but impoverished. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 Wildfire Cameras Utilities in the West have built camera networks that help them monitor the remote parts of their service territories. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "What Utilities Can Do to Strengthen the Grid," 22 Jan. 2019 Aquila was Facebook’s bold stratosphere internet project that imagined high-flying drones running partially on solar power that could remain in flight for long periods of time and beam down LTE service to remote parts of the world. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook is shutting down its Aquila internet drone project," 26 June 2018 The death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died on December 8, has raised questions about Border Patrol’s responsiveness to medical needs and its capacity to deal with medical emergencies in remote areas of the border. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump administration to release hundreds of immigrant families from detention," 27 Dec. 2018 Cellphone dead zones aren't solely the domain of remote areas. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "A Good Signal Booster Is the Answer To Zero-Bar Dead Zones," 9 Nov. 2018 The discovery by Gevers, a Dutch cybersecurity researcher who revealed it on Twitter last week, has given a rare glimpse into China’s extensive surveillance of Xinjiang, a remote region home to an ethnic minority population that is largely Muslim. Dake Kang, The Seattle Times, "Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state," 20 Feb. 2019 Scientists found samples of superbugs hanging out in Svalbard, Norway, one of the most remote regions of the world. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Found 'Superbugs' in Remote Arctic Wilderness," 29 Jan. 2019 Narrowly spared execution, he was banished to Yelang, a remote southwest region, essentially China’s Siberia. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "‘The Banished Immortal’ Review: ‘Heaven Begot a Talent Like Me’," 11 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pilots facing less-dire situations will be directed to stop at other remote... Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "United Airlines Makes Changes After Review of Plane Stranded for More Than 12 Hours," 4 Feb. 2019 Polar bears, whales, penguins, seals, wildebeest, and more have all been captured by satellite remote sensing. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 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

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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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