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

That’s why the study’s lead author Joshua Kurek, an environmental scientist at Mount Allison University, and his colleagues wanted to measure just how much DDT still persisted in the lake sediments of remote bodies of water in the province. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Decades After DDT Was Banned, It Still Impacts Canadian Lakes," 15 June 2019 Keyless ignitions allow drivers to start their cars with the press of a button as long as the remote key fob is with them inside the vehicle. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Toyota cars will now turn themselves off if you forget," 14 June 2019 Agents searched for the missing people north of the border in remote terrain about seven miles west of Quitobaquito Springs. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Body of 7-year-old girl from India found in Arizona desert, officials say," 13 June 2019 Photographer, climber, and free diver Andy Bardon has traveled to some of the most remote regions on earth to document human interactions with the natural world. National Geographic, "Andy Bardon," 12 June 2019 The vender’s remote software was an ideal conduit for further interference. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," 12 June 2019 With last year’s Note 9, Samsung introduced some new S-Pen tricks such as the ability for the stylus to serve as a remote camera shutter or control music playing on the phone. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Pro renders reveal giant screen and no headphone jack," 12 June 2019 The Ravalli Republic reports the large waterfowl couple constructed the nest on top of a muskrat lodge on a remote pond at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 As border security has been tightened near legal crossings, migrants have increasingly been taking routes through remote, desolate stretches of desert. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants. Jurors Couldn’t Decide if It Was a Crime.," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The collection can be voice and motion-controlled, as well as controlled via the KOHLER Konnect app or with a physical remote. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Kohler Is Releasing An Entire Smart Bathroom Collection, And It's Unreal," 8 Jan. 2019 Start by covering the lens with cardstock then open the shutter with the remote. Emily Price, Popular Mechanics, "How to Capture Perfect Fireworks Photos," 3 July 2018 But some remote, resource-rich planet with the potential for a futuristic gold rush can't stay remote for long. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Sci-fi stunner Prospect values small stories in a galaxy far, far away," 2 Nov. 2018 The Alphapoint and Deltaburst are essentially the same perfectly accurate TV remote, packed inside different shells and programmed with different artificial restrictions. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf's Laser Tag Guns Are Cool, But They Lose What Makes Nerf Great," 17 July 2018 Based on an audio recording taken from inside the business, authorities believed the man snatched a nonworking phone, a television remote, and a can of beer from the fridge, and wandered into the creepy unlit room. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man who broke into an ‘escape room’ repeatedly called 911 when he couldn’t escape, police say," 12 July 2018 Officials have not yet determined when the two-lane road to the remote, northwest tip of the island — with its beautiful, isolated beaches — will reopen. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Kauai after devastating storm: What's open, what's closed," 26 Apr. 2018 One of the trips is camping with the emperor penguins, where travelers fly by ski aircraft to an emperor penguin rookery on the remote, south coast of the Weddell Sea. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Travel options: Explore new lands, make new friends," 15 Mar. 2018 And this time, the volume buttons are on the remote. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "5 tech gifts for under $50," 20 Nov. 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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