Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Located far away; distant in space.
  • adj. Hidden away; secluded: a remote hamlet.
  • adj. Distant in time: the remote past.
  • adj. Faint; slight: a remote possibility; had not the remotest interest.
  • adj. Far removed in connection or relevance: a cause remote from everyday concerns.
  • adj. Distantly related by blood or marriage: a remote cousin.
  • adj. Distant in manner; aloof.
  • adj. Operating or controlled from a distance: remote sensors.
  • adj. Computer Science Located at a distance from another computer that is accessible by cables or other communications links: a remote terminal.
  • n. A radio or television broadcast originating from a point outside a studio.
  • n. A remote control device.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. At a distance; disconnected.
  • adj. Distant or otherwise inaccessible.
  • adj. Unlikely.
  • adj. Emotionally detached.
  • n. Short for remote control.
  • n. An element of broadcast programming originating away from the station's or show's control room.
  • v. To connect to a computer from a remote location.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Removed to a distance; not near; far away; distant; -- said in respect to time or to place
  • adj. Hence, removed; not agreeing, according, or being related; -- in various figurative uses.
  • adj. Not agreeing; alien; foreign.
  • adj. Not nearly related; not close.
  • adj. Separate; abstracted.
  • adj. Not proximate or acting directly; primary; distant.
  • adj. Not obvious or sriking.
  • adj. Separated by intervals greater than usual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Distant in place; not near; far removed: as, a remote country; a remote people.
  • Distant or far away, in any sense.
  • Mediate; by intervention of something else; not proximate.
  • Alien; foreign; not agreeing: as, a proposition remote from reason.
  • Separated; abstracted.
  • Distant in consanguinity or affinity: as, a remote kinsman.
  • Slight; inconsiderable; not closely connected; having slight relation: as, a remote analogy between cases; a remote resemblance in form or color; specifically, in the law of evidence, having too slight a bearing upon the question in controversy to afford any ground for inference.
  • In music, having but slight relation. See relation, 8.
  • In zoology and botany, distant from one another; few or sparse, as spots on a surface, etc.
  • In logic:
  • The terms of a syllogism, as contradistinguished from the propositions, which latter are the immediate matter.
  • Terms of a proposition which are of such a nature that it is impossible that one should be true of the other.
  • Specifically in mycology, separated by a space, as the gills of certain fungi which do not extend quite to the stem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance
  • adj. located far away spatially
  • adj. inaccessible and sparsely populated
  • adj. separate or apart in time
  • adj. very unlikely
  • adj. far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French remot, from Latin remōtus, past participle of removēre, to remove; see remove.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French remot, masculine, remote, feminine, from Latin remotus, past participle of removere ("to remove"), from re- + movere ("to move"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Firstly go into the top level folder for your repository clone and pull down a local copy of all of the remote branches: for remote in ` git branch - r `; do git branch -- track $remote; done

    RubyCorner

  • Also, and Smithe would speak more of this later, the Kandakandero seemed to have the ability to access information, events, images, et cetera from great distances, a notion that failed to shock Switters because the CIA had once experimented with a similar psychic technique (under the term remote viewing), and several of the angels had become quite adept at it before opposition from irate Christian hillbillies in Congress had shut the project down.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • The term remote control can be contracted to remote or controller.

    Planet Geospatial

  • So that farmers and small traders can actually come to a terminal center -- what we call the remote access terminal centers -- and actually, without having to buy a computer or figure out how to dial up or any of those things, simply see the trading that's happening on the Addis Ababa trading floor.

    Eleni Gabre-Madhin on Ethiopian economics

  • VERJEE: Democratic Congressman John Turney says the U.S. mission in Iraq needs more than what he called remote control diplomacy.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2007

  • See what happens when you're on the couch, both hands clutching the side of your head, and the remote is a good table-length away?

    For Those of You Reading Along

  • His short dark hair was combed and neat, his evening dress immaculate, his expression remote.

    A Hopeless Romantic

  • Okay, I question whether the shape of this remote is actually very convenient as a remote.

    Lightsaber Remote | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • What you were engaged in was what you call remote viewing.

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2004

  • “You will, hopefully tomorrow,” Holt answered, his expression remote.

    The Rogue

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  • whence be now known!

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  • Thence, a poem
    by the Century Dictionary

    From that place.
    From that time; after that.
    From that source; from or out of this or that; for that reason.
    Not there; elsewhere; absent.

    February 23, 2011

  • Hence, removed; not agreeing, according, or being related; -- in various figurative uses. 1913 Websters

    February 23, 2011

  • Thence?

    February 23, 2011

  • adds a new possibilty of a list of 'various 'figurative'' uses???????????????????????

    February 23, 2011