Definitions of distant

  1. remote in manner; " stood apart with aloof dignity"; " a distant smile"
  2. far distant in space; " distant lands"; " remote stars"; " a remote outpost of civilization"; " a hideaway far removed from towns and cities"
  3. far distant in time; " distant events"; " the remote past or future"; " a civilization ten centuries removed from modern times"
  4. separated in space or time or coming from or going to a distance; " the distant past"; " distant villages"; " the sound of distant traffic"; " a distant sound"; " a distant telephone call"
  5. far apart in relevance or relationship; " a distant cousin"; " a distant likeness"
  6. steal the show, draw attention to oneself away from someone else; " When the dog entered the stage, he upstaged the actress"
  7. Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.
  8. Reserved or repelling in manners; cold; not cordial; somewhat haughty; as, a distant manner.
  9. Indistinct; faint; obscure, as from distance.
  10. Not conformable; discrepant; repugnant; as, a practice so widely distant from Christianity.
  11. Far separated; far off; not near; remote; - in place, time, consanguinity, or connection; as, distant times; distant relatives.
  12. Remote; not cordial in manner.
  13. Distantly.
  14. Remote, in time, place, or connection: not obvious: indistinct: reserved in manner.
  15. Remote; far; indistinct; reserved.
  16. Separated in space or time; remote; indistinct.
  17. Reserved; formal.
  18. Remote in place, or in time, or in the line of succession, or in natural connection or consanguinity, or in nature, and so not allied, or in view, and so not very likely to be realized, or in connection, and so not easily seen or understood, or to sense, and so indistinct;- reserved; cold.

Usage examples for distant

  1. From all we have heard it is probably that the time is not far distant when I shall be the real master, since the son you bore your husband has become an outcaste. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  2. He will not think of the distant consequences. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  3. He nodded toward the distant men and horses. – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
  4. Old Lord Swanage, who had married some very distant Lovel, wrote to her a letter full of very proper feeling. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  5. You're a distant cousin, aren't you? – The Brightener by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  6. Then he called my attention to the distant thunder- like sounds which we had been hearing occasionally during the evening. – By Canoe and Dog-Train by Egerton Ryerson Young
  7. It was eleven miles distant Blake had a cabin there- the place was deserted at this season of the year. – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  8. If to pack for a distant market, the heads will carry and keep better if cut when dry, but on a cool day or toward evening. – The Cauliflower by A. A. Crozier
  9. By ten o'clock that night I was on my way to Fort Hays, sixty- five miles distant across the country. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  10. The explosion was more distant – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  11. " I seldom make calls," said Mr. Morton, in a distant tone. – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  12. Roy was not looking at his aunt now, but his eyes were fixed on the distant hills through the open window. – His Big Opportunity by Amy Le Feuvre
  13. Her glance was without anger, but it was cold and distant – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  14. We were together here at Lochias to- night, and yet in distant years and other places. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  15. " Which sounds very sensible to me," came a clear voice from a few feet distant – The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
  16. The rider had found that there was no regular parson in Dry Bottom and that the justice of the peace had departed the day before to some distant town for a visit. – The Trail to Yesterday by Charles Alden Seltzer
  17. He became- I don't know- distant – O+F by John Moncure Wetterau
  18. The expression of the secretary's face, which had before been cold and distant changed at once. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  19. Count Waldemar de Volaski came directly up to Valerie where she sat alone on the sofa in a distant corner of the room. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  20. While looking at a distant mountain one may fall over a little stone- is it not so? – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman