from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space.
- n. The fact or condition of being apart in space; remoteness.
- n. Mathematics The length or numerical value of a straight line or curve.
- n. The extent of space between points on a measured course.
- n. The length of a race, especially of a horserace.
- n. A point or area that is far away: "Telephone poles stretched way into a distance I couldn't quite see” ( Leigh Allison Wilson).
- n. A depiction of a such a point or area.
- n. A stretch of space without designation of limit; an expanse: a land of few hills and great distances.
- n. The extent of time between two events; an intervening period.
- n. A point removed in time: At a distance of 11 years, his memory of the crime was blurry.
- n. The full period or length of a contest or game: The challenger had never attempted the distance of 12 rounds.
- n. An amount of progress: The curriculum committee is a distance from where it was last month.
- n. Difference or disagreement: The candidates could not be at a greater distance on this issue.
- n. Emotional separateness or reserve; aloofness.
- transitive v. To place or keep at or as if at a distance: "To understand Russian strategy ... it is necessary for us to distance ourselves from our own myths and to enter into theirs” ( Freeman J. Dyson).
- transitive v. To cause to appear at a distance.
- transitive v. To leave far behind; outrun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
- n. The entire amount of space to the objective.
- n. A considerable amount of space.
- v. To move away (from) someone or something.
- v. To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
- n. A space marked out in the last part of a race course.
- n. Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; -- contrasted with
interval, which is measured from right to left.
- n. Space between two antagonists in fencing.
- n. The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
- n. Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
- n. Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events.
- n. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
- n. A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.
- n. Remoteness in succession or relation.
- n. The interval between two notes.
- transitive v. To place at a distance or remotely.
- transitive v. To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote.
- transitive v. To outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The measure of the interval between two objects in space, or, by extension, between two points of time; the length of the straight line from one point to another, and hence of time intervening between one event or period and another: as, the distance between New York and San Francisco; the distance of two events from each other; a distance of five miles; events only the distance of an hour apart. In navigation distances are usually measured along rhumb-lines.
- n. A definite or measured space to be maintained between two divisions of a body of troops, two combatants in a duel, or the like: as (in command), take your distances.
- n. In horse-racing, the space measured back from the winning-post which a horse, in heat-races, must have reached when the winning horse has covered the whole course in order to be entitled to enter subsequent heats.
- n. In music, the interval or difference between two tones. See interval.
- n. Remoteness of place or time; a remote place or time: as, at a great distance; a light appeared in the distance.
- n. Remoteness in succession or relation: as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor; there is a much greater distance between the ranks of major and captain than between those of captain and first lieutenant.
- n. Remoteness in intercourse; reserve of manner, induced by or manifesting reverence, respect, dignity, dislike, coldness or alienation of feeling, etc.
- n. Dissension; strife; disturbance.
- To place at a distance; situate remotely.
- To cause to appear at a distance; cause to appear remote.
- In horse-racing, to beat in a race by at least the space between the distance-post and the winning-post; hence, to leave behind in a race; get far ahead of. See distance, n., 3.
- To get in advance of; gain a superiority over; outdo; excel.
- n. In psychology, extension in the third dimension; spatial depth.
- n. In painting, remoteness of objects as indicated by increased delicacy and harmony of color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. go far ahead of
- n. the property created by the space between two objects or points
- n. a remote point in time
- n. indifference by personal withdrawal
- v. keep at a distance
- n. the interval between two times
- n. size of the gap between two places
- n. a distant region
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distantia ("distance, remoteneness, difference"), from distans, present participle of distare ("to stand apart, be separate, distant, or different"), from di-, dis- ("apart") + stare ("to stand"). (Wiktionary)