Definitions for distanceˈdɪs təns
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dis•tanceˈdɪs təns(n.; v.)-tanced, -tanc•ing.
(n.)the extent or amount of space between two things, points, lines, etc.
the state or fact of being apart in space, as of one thing from another; remoteness.
a linear extent of space:
to walk a distance.
an expanse; area:
A vast distance of water surrounded the ship.
the interval between two points of time; an extent of time.
remoteness or difference in any respect.
an amount of progress:
We've come a long distance on the project.
a distant point, place, or region.
the distant part of a field of view:
a tree in the distance.
absence of warmth; reserve; coolness.
(in a heat race) the space measured back from the winning post that a horse must reach by the time the winner passes the winning post or be eliminated from subsequent heats.
(v.t.)to leave behind at a distance, as at a race; surpass.
to place at a distance.
to cause to appear distant.
Idioms for distance:
go the distance, (in horse racing) to run well in a long race. to complete something that requires sustained effort.
Category: Idiom, Sport
Origin of distance:
1250–1300; ME destaunce < AF < L distantia <distant- (see distant )
the property created by the space between two objects or points
a distant region
"I could see it in the distance"
size of the gap between two places
"the distance from New York to Chicago"; "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
indifference by personal withdrawal
the interval between two times
"the distance from birth to death"; "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
a remote point in time
"if that happens it will be at some distance in the future"; "at a distance of ten years he had forgotten many of the details"
keep at a distance
"we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"
outdistance, outstrip, distance(verb)
go far ahead of
"He outdistanced the other runners"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the amount of space between things, places, etc.
the distance from Paris to Cannes; a short/long distance
close enough to walk or drive to
The house is within walking distance of the square.
a place that is far from sb or sth
I could see the hills in the distance.; Even from a distance, I could tell it was him.
to stay away from
I prefer to keep my distance from dogs.
a feeling of separateness or unfriendliness between people
a distance in his manner
not be friendly toward sb
She was polite, but kept us at a distance.
to make it clear you are not involved with sb or sth
He distanced himself from his old friends.
The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
The entire amount of space to the objective.
He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.
A considerable amount of space.
The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.
To move away (from) someone or something.
He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues.
To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.
the space between two objects; the length of a line, especially the shortest line joining two points or things that are separate; measure of separation in place
remoteness of place; a remote place
a space marked out in the last part of a race course
relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; -- contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left
space between two antagonists in fencing
the part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape
ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety
length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events
the remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness
a withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve
remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor
the interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh
to place at a distance or remotely
to cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote
to outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly
Distance is a numerical description of how far apart objects are. In physics or everyday discussion, distance may refer to a physical length, or an estimation based on other criteria. In mathematics, a distance function or metric is a generalization of the concept of physical distance. A metric is a function that behaves according to a specific set of rules, and is a concrete way of describing what it means for elements of some space to be "close to" or "far away from" each other. In most cases, "distance from A to B" is interchangeable with "distance between B and A".
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'distance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1591
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Rank popularity for the word 'distance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1751
Rank popularity for the word 'distance' in Nouns Frequency: #621
Translations for distance
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the space between things, places etc
Some of the children have to walk long distances to school; It's quite a distance to the bus stop; It is difficult to judge distance when driving at night; What's the distance from here to London?
- afstand, distansieAfrikaans
- distânciaPortuguese (BR)
- die EntfernungGerman
- distance; afstandDanish
- فاصله؛ مسافتFarsi
- razmak, udaljenostCroatian
- atstumas, nuotolisLithuanian
- attālums; atstatumsLatvian
- avstand, (vei)strekning, distanseNorwegian
- فاصله؛ مسافتPersian
- واټن، فاصله، ليرې ځاې مخالفت، موړه، تفوق، سړه وضعPashto
- sträcka, avstånd, distansSwedish
- mesafe, uzaklıkTurkish
- 距離Chinese (Trad.)
- відстань; дистанціяUkrainian
- دوری، دو اشیا کے درمیان کا فاصلہUrdu
- khoảng cáchVietnamese
- 距离Chinese (Simp.)
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