Definitions of distance

  1. indifference by personal withdrawal; " emotional distance"
  2. keep at a distance
  3. the property created by the space between two objects or points
  4. 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"
  5. a distant region; " I could see it in the distance"
  6. the interval between two times; " the distance from birth to death"; " it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
  7. 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"
  8. go far ahead of; " He outdistanced the other runners"
  9. keep at a distance; " we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"
  10. 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.
  11. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
  12. A space marked out in the last part of a race course.
  13. Space between two antagonists in fencing.
  14. The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
  15. Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
  16. Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events.
  17. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
  18. Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor.
  19. The interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh.
  20. To place at a distance or remotely.
  21. To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote.
  22. To outstrip by as much as a distance ( see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.
  23. Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; - contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left.
  24. The length of the straight line between two objects or points; remoteness of time, place, etc.
  25. To place remotely; leave behind in a race.
  26. Space or interval between: remoteness: opposition: reserve of manner.
  27. To place at a distance: to leave at a distance behind.
  28. To leave behind.
  29. To leave hopelessly behind in a race; outstrip.
  30. Length of separation in space.
  31. Remoteness; a remote point.
  32. Reserve; deference; coldness; haughtiness.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.

Usage examples for distance

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. His friends were so fond of him that they would go any distance to see him. – Cambridge Sketches by Frank Preston Stearns
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Daylight, both knew, would show Valmy in the distance. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  8. We will stand still at a little distance, and you will see them go to sleep. – Fanny, the Flower-Girl by Selina Bunbury
  9. He walked for some distance. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  10. Is the distance great? – The Lost City by Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  11. Of course, if it will make your mind easy, I shall keep more at a distance. – Footsteps of Fate by Louis Couperus
  12. I trust they will change their tone, and that the day of the change is at no great distance! – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The mother church of Penzance is that of Madron a short distance away. – The Cornish Riviera by Sidney Heath
  16. 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
  17. It was not ten minutes' distance, but the evening was getting on. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  18. " 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
  19. That education should be carried to a considerable distance before teaching is commenced. – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs