American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Separate or apart in space.
- adj. Far removed; remote: distant lands.
- adj. Coming from or going to a distance: a distant sound; a distant telephone call.
- adj. Far removed or apart in time: the distant past; distant events.
- adj. Far apart in relationship: a distant cousin.
- adj. Minimally similar: a distant likeness.
- adj. Far removed mentally: distant thoughts.
- adj. Aloof or chilly: a distant smile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To keep separate; distinguish.
- Standing or being apart from a given point or place; situated at a different point in space, or, by extension, in time; separated by a distance: as, a point a line or a hair's-breadth distant from another; Saturn is estimated to be about 880,000,000 miles distant from the sun.
- Remote; far off or far apart in space, time, connection, prospect, kind, degree, sound, etc.: as, distant stars; a distant period; distant relatives; a distant hope; a distant resemblance.
- In entomology: Thinly placed or scattered: as, distant punctures, striæ, spines, etc.: opposed to close, contiguous, etc.
- Widely separated, or more separated than usual: opposed to approximate: as, distant eyes (widely separated at the base); distant legs or antennæ.
- Separated by an incisure or joint, as the head and thorax of a beetle.
- Indirect; not obvious or plain.
- Not cordial or familiar; characterized by haughtiness, coldness, or reserve; cool; reserved; shy: as, distant manners.
- Synonyms Removed. Cool, cold, haughty, frigid.
- adj. far off (physically, logically or mentally)
- adj. emotionally unresponsive or unwilling to express genuine feelings
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.
- adj. Far separated; far off; not near; remote; -- in place, time, consanguinity, or connection
- adj. Reserved or repelling in manners; cold; not cordial; somewhat haughty.
- adj. Indistinct; faint; obscure, as from distance.
- adj. Not conformable; discrepant; repugnant.
- adj. located far away spatially
- adj. far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship
- adj. separate or apart in time
- adj. remote in manner
- adj. separated in space or coming from or going to a distance
- From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distans, present participle of distare ("to stand apart, be separate, distant, or different"), from di-, dis- ("apart") + stare ("to stand"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English distaunt, from Old French, from Latin distāns, distant-, present participle of distāre, to be remote : dis-, apart; see dis- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I hate the phrase distant third," Mr. Fager said.”
“Real reporters. not “techno sycophants” whose first job was at MacWeek, PCWeek or InfoWorld manage to remain distant from the subject of their stories.”
“He paused for a minute, his expression distant and thoughtful.”
“We're captives to the tyranny of what I call the distant depth, and there is no human access to the site of the spill," said Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen, the coordinating commander of a response that includes nearly 8,500 personnel and 260 vessels.”
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“The medical effect of alcohol and marijuana, it ` s what we call distant inhibition.”
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“She looked relaxed, her expression distant, almost disinterested.”
“The -- some of the distant relatives, what he calls distant relatives in Miami and their supporters, produced what they said was an affidavit.”
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