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"
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
Origin: [F. distance, L. distantia.]
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".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dis′tans, n. a space or interval between: remoteness: opposition: reserve of manner: in horse-racing, the space measured back from the winning-post which a horse, in heat-races, must reach when the winner has covered the whole course, in order to run in the final heat.—v.t. to place at a distance: to leave at a distance behind.—adj. Dis′tanceless, not allowing a distant view—said of hazy weather: having no indications of distance—said of certain pictures.—Keep one at a distance, to treat with reserve; Keep one's distance, to abstain from familiarity with, to keep aloof from. [See Distant.]
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'distance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1591
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'distance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1751
Rank popularity for the word 'distance' in Nouns Frequency: #621
The numerical value of distance in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of distance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
There are no limits to either time or distance, except as man himself may make them. I have but to touch the wind to know these things.
The distance between the present system and our proposal is like comparing the distance between a Model T and the space shuttle. And I should know I've seen both.
At least from the middle distance and distance side of things, Americans have done very well at getting on the podium at the world championships and the Olympics Games.
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Translations for distance
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- بُعْد, مسافةArabic
- разстояние, дистанцирам се, дистанцияBulgarian
- distància, allunyarCatalan, Valencian
- Distanz, Abstand, entfernen, EntfernungGerman
- απόσταση, απομακρύνομαιGreek
- distanco, malproksimoEsperanto
- etäännyttää, välimatka, etäisyysFinnish
- מרחק, התרחקHebrew
- फ़ासला, दूरीHindi
- distansHaitian Creole
- distantia, distantiarInterlingua
- jarak, menjauhiIndonesian
- 거리, 距離Korean
- distancija, atstumas, nuotolisLithuanian
- atstatums, attālumsLatvian
- се раздалечува, раздалеченост, оддалеченост, се оддалечува, се дистанцира, далечина, растојаниеMacedonian
- അകലം, ദൂരംMalayalam
- eind, verwijderen, afstandDutch
- dystans, odległość, drogaPolish
- [[distanciar]]-[[se]], distância, [[afastar]]-[[se]]Portuguese
- расстояние, дистанция, отдалённостьRussian
- udaljenost, daljìna, даљѝна, у̀да̄љено̄стSerbo-Croatian
- avlägsna, distansera, avstånd, distansSwedish
- దూరం చేసుకొనుTelugu
- ubude, iduze, ibangaZulu
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