the dim and distant past

Definition of the dim and distant past

chiefly British

  1. :  a time that is so far in the past it is difficult to remember in the dim and distant past when the town was much smaller

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  emitting or having a limited or insufficient amount of light

    :  dull, lusterless

    :  lacking pronounced, clear-cut, or vigorous quality or character

  1. :  to make dim or lusterless

    :  to reduce the light from

    :  to become dim

  1. :  dusk, dimness

    :  low beam

  1. : dimension

    : diminished

    : diminuendo

distantplay
  1. :  separated in space :  away

    :  situated at a great distance (see 1distance 2c) :  far-off

    :  having a great amount of separation between each other :  separated by a great distance from each other :  far apart

pastplay
  1. :  ago

    :  just gone or elapsed

    :  having existed or taken place in a period before the present :  bygone

  1. :  beyond the age for or of

    :  after

    :  at the farther side of :  beyond

  1. :  time gone by

    :  something that happened or was done in the past

    :  the past tense of a language

  1. :  so as to reach and go beyond a point near at hand


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