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

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

And in there remote southeast is rustic Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, where the bonus is meeting proprietor Clive Stockil, one of Africa’s greatest living conservationists. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 This smart thermostat relies on a remote sensor system to keep on top of your HVAC system and your home’s temperature at large. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "The best smart thermostat you can buy, the Alexa-enabled Ecobee4, is $50 off," 16 Nov. 2018 In a remote outpost in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Ibrahim Abu-Sefira watches a mountainous skyline of jagged rock, ears tuned to the twilight silence, listening for any signs a fragile peace may be disturbed. Brian Rohan, Fox News, "Egypt arming Sinai tribesmen in fight against Islamic State," 27 Sep. 2018 Scientists studying a network of remote islands in the Hawaiian archipelago were aghast earlier this week upon discovering one of their subjects had disappeared entirely from the map, following a powerful storm that submerged the landmass in water. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Remote Hawaiian Island Disappeared Completely Following a Hurricane," 24 Oct. 2018 Nothing captures my #summergoals aesthetic more than a movie about relationships with multiple men set on a remote Grecian island. Hannah Pasternak, SELF, "11 Movies on Netflix You Need to Watch Before Summer’s Over," 28 Aug. 2018 One thing that will be missing are the shuttle buses and remote parking locations. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora reschedules fireworks to coincide with Downtown Alive event," 5 July 2018 Combat controllers perform a variety of air-to-ground communications roles that include close-air and fire support and air traffic control in remote locations. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 Courtesy of Wolf and Grizzly Portable grill: Nothing beats cooking over a fire, but remote destinations don’t come with a fire ring and grate. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The internet has also over the last few years given us the formidable gift of remote, online coaching and training, which really opens up the options. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Can I Start Lifting Weights If I Feel Really Out of Shape?," 18 Sep. 2018 The first incident involved the woman hitting her husband with a TV remote, the report said. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "'I hit your father with a baseball bat and he's dead,' woman told son: reports," 7 Sep. 2018 Amid the remote and rolling hills, a national park will honor the victims. Kristen De Groot, Fox News, "Tower at Flight 93 memorial to open by 9/11 anniversary," 3 June 2018 The operator tugs the stubby toggles on a heavy rubber remote and the hammer drill pivots and spins, teetering precariously before rolling clumsily down the bank. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 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

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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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