Definitions of distance

  1.   go far ahead of; " He outdistanced the other runners"
  2.   To outstrip by as much as a distance ( see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.
  3.   A space marked out in the last part of a race course.
  4.   Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor.
  5.   Space between two antagonists in fencing.
  6.   To place remotely; leave behind in a race.
  7.   To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote.
  8.   keep at a distance; " we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"
  9.   To place at a distance: to leave at a distance behind.
  10.   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"
  11.   Space between; remoteness; reserve.
  12.   the property created by the space between two objects or points
  13.   Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events.
  14.   indifference by personal withdrawal; " emotional distance"
  15.   Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; - contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left.
  16.   The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
  17.   To leave hopelessly behind in a race; outstrip.
  18.   The length of the straight line between two objects or points; remoteness of time, place, etc.
  19.   the interval between two times; " the distance from birth to death"; " it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
  20.   To leave behind.
  21.   Remoteness of place; a remote place.
  22.   Space or interval between: remoteness: opposition: reserve of manner.
  23.   Remoteness; a remote point.
  24.   a distant region; " I could see it in the distance"
  25.   Length of separation in space.
  26.   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"
  27.   To place remote; to leave behind in a race, especially by the interval between the distance- post and the winning- post; to leave at a great distance behind; to cause to seem distant. Law of distances, a curious law, observed by Professor Bode, of Berlin, that the intervals between the planetary orbits go on doubling as we recede from the sun. The point of distance, that part of a picture where the visual rays meet. Middle distance, part of a picture midway between the foreground and the extreme distance. Angular distance, space included between the lines drawn from two objects to the eye.
  28.   A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.
  29.   The degree to which individuals are inhibited or facilitated in their ability to gain entry to and to receive care and services from the health care system. Factors influencing this ability include geographic, architectural, transportational, and financial considerations, among others.
  30.   Space between two objects; remoteness of space; space of time; ideal space or separation; contrariety; the remoteness which respect requires; respect; reserve; coldness; remoteness in succession or relation; the interval between two notes; space left between bodies of men standing under arms in rank; a length of 244 yards from the winning- post, which is pointed out by the distance- post, at which, if any horse has not arrived when the first one has reached the winning post, such horse is said to be distanced, and is disqualified for running again during that race; the boundary of view in a picture.
  31.   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.
  32.   Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
  33.   keep at a distance
  34.   The interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh.
  35.   The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
  36.   Reserve; deference; coldness; haughtiness.
  37.   To place at a distance or remotely.

Quotes of distance

  1. To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance Give yourselves. – Carrie Chapman Catt
  2. We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes. – Malcolm De Chazal
  3. Now, I'm not suggesting we're going to wait 40 years or even four years, but I think we have to put in perspective the fact that we've come quite a distance We have quite a distance to come- go, as well. – Michael Chertoff
  4. I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive. – Joseph Epstein
  5. A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it. – Zora Neale Hurston
  6. Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning- an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. I maintain my sanity by keeping my distance – Luis Miguel
  8. There are many crooked lines and one straight line. Which is the line of truth? Why the straight line? Truth is always the shortest distance between two points. – Sun Myung Moon
  9. You have to, at least from a distance look as if you know what you're doing, and I can manage that. – Steven Morrissey
  10. At a certain stage in his evolution, man himself had been able to lay hold upon a higher order of things, which raised him above the level of the beasts that perish, and enabled him to see, at least in the distance the shining towers of the City of God. – Alfred Noyes
  11. Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. – Rainer Maria Rilke
  12. Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest. – Arthur Schopenhauer
  13. To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it's detachment. – Sam Snead
  14. The two -piece ball I switched to spun too much. One shot would go the distance I thought it should, then the next one would fall short, and then the next one would go long. – Payne Stewart
  15. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and familiarity breeds contempt. According to this my soul mate should be in Thailand. – Jason Zebehazy

Usage examples for distance

  1. So that I see I must keep a greater distance than I have done, and I hope I may do it because of the interest which I am making with Sir George. ” – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. He walked for some distance – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  3. That education should be carried to a considerable distance before teaching is commenced. ” – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  4. It was not ten minutes' distance but the evening was getting on. ” – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  5. “ " We'll go home," I said; " but we will not hurry;" and I turned and met Lister's contemptuous stare, as he followed us at a little distance till we had reached the house. ” – The Story of Antony Grace by George Manville Fenn
  6. After they get some distance out, they stop and wait for the camp, now moving for the first time. ” – The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians by Clark Wissler
  7. Instead, they ran along the bank for some distance and stopped again; and Andrew now saw that a white boat was moving along the opposite side. ” – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  8. That was the way it went, until they were only a short distance from the end of the race course. ” – Among the Meadow People by Clara Dillingham Pierson
  9. We will stand still at a little distance and you will see them go to sleep. ” – Fanny, the Flower-Girl by Selina Bunbury
  10. “ Is the distance great? ” – The Lost City by Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  11. He heard this report in the evening; and in the morning he left his house, determined if possible to meet me at Bambakoo, a distance of six days travel. ” – The Journal Of A Mission To The Interior Of Africa, In The Year 1805 by Mungo Park
  12. It was some distance to the shore; and, after a while, the man was tired, thought it was foolish to go after the dog, and turned to go home. ” – True Stories about Cats and Dogs by Eliza Lee Follen
  13. His friends were so fond of him that they would go any distance to see him. ” – Cambridge Sketches by Frank Preston Stearns
  14. Of course, if it will make your mind easy, I shall keep more at a distance – Footsteps of Fate by Louis Couperus
  15. “ I trust they will change their tone, and that the day of the change is at no great distance – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury
  16. But then Adelaide had just left home to pay a visit to a friend living at some distance and would not return for several weeks, so there was little danger from that quarter. ” – Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
  17. This distance might be cut for 675, 000l. ” – A General Plan for a Mail Communication by Steam, Between Great Britain and the Eastern and Western Parts of the World by James MacQueen
  18. The mother church of Penzance is that of Madron a short distance away. ” – The Cornish Riviera by Sidney Heath
  19. Daylight, both knew, would show Valmy in the distance – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  20. The distance which Temujin had to travel to reach this city was about ten days' journey. ” – Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series by Jacob Abbott

Idioms for distance