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

After a plane crash at sea, a Federal Express engineer survives on a remote island for four years in complete isolation. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The last European eyes to see the ships were the crews of two whaling vessels who encountered Erebus and Terror in late July 1845, on the crossing from Greenland to Canada’s remote Baffin Island. Roff Smith, National Geographic, "Arctic shipwreck 'frozen in time' astounds archaeologists," 28 Aug. 2019 The two married in May of 2017 right here, on this 26-mile remote island about 45 minutes north of Wilmington. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Where in the World Is Matt Canada—and Why Doesn't He Have a Job?," 27 Aug. 2019 In Australia, which was dispatching refugees to a legal limbo on remote islands, Mr Quilty’s paintings are a call for compassion. The Economist, "Ben Quilty’s paintings depict violence, loss and “death jackets”," 9 Aug. 2019 Brady trains in the Bahamas every summer: Every summer for the past seven years, the quarterback of the New England Patriots has come to this remote island [Bahamas] for a beach boot camp. Deyscha Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "12 things we learned from the ‘Men’s Health’ Tom Brady profile," 6 Aug. 2019 Residents of the remote islands kill hundreds of pilot whales during the warmer months of each year, in order to use the animals’ blubber and meat to make it through the harsh winter. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Annual Faroe Islands Whale Slaughter Leaves Scenic Waters Blood Red," 5 Aug. 2019 Robert Eggers' film follows two lighthouse keepers keeping secrets on a remote island. Lily Rosenberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson Grow Hostile in 'The Lighthouse' Trailer," 30 July 2019 On Saturday morning, a rescue operation was underway on Isle de Jean Charles, a remote island in Terrebonne Parish where at least a dozen people were stranded due to rising floodwaters, according to NBC affiliate WDSU . Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Barry strengthens to a hurricane as it heads toward the Louisiana coast," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The soundbar also comes with a Roku remote, which has dedicated buttons to switch to the user’s connected Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming accounts. Wired, "Roku Debuts a Soundbar, and It Comes With a Roku Built In," 4 Sep. 2019 The remote has some buttons that are not on top of the sound bar. Dallas News, "TCL's Alto 7+ 2.1 Sound Bar brings your TVs audio front and center," 18 July 2019 Meanwhile, advances in remote sensing are revealing hundreds of previously unknown roads between Puebloan sites. April Reese, Science | AAAS, "Drilling boom threatens web of ancient roads in Southwest," 16 May 2018 The next day, Rita Palet found her son with the game remote in his hand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Painful lesson of late Jake Palet: Helping, hurting can go hand-in-hand," 16 Sep. 2019 Dell’s panel also has a response time of 0.5 milliseconds (gray-to-gray) and includes a remote that hopefully works a lot better than the one included on HP’s Omen X Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD). Tom Warren, The Verge, "Alienware’s new 55-inch OLED monitor is a step closer to the perfect gaming TV," 19 Aug. 2019 Again, that does not mean, Click a button on a remote to watch a new episode. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Hit ‘Nature Cat’ kids PBS show gets the museum treatment at the Kohl," 31 July 2019 Even better, many of the options are motorized, meaning they can be opened and closed from a wireless remote. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "These Custom Window Shades Are 30% Off," 15 Jan. 2019 This is the previous-generation model, but the only thing that’s different from the current model is the type of remote that is included in the box. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Time is running out to save $20 on two fully priced Nintendo Switch games," 26 July 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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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 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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