- the extent or amount of space between two things, points, lines, etc.
- the state or fact of being apart in space, as of one thing from another; remoteness.
- a linear extent of space: Seven miles is a distance too great to walk in an hour.
- an expanse; area: A vast distance of water surrounded the ship.
- the interval between two points of time; an extent of time: His vacation period was a good distance away.
- remoteness or difference in any respect: Our philosophies are a long distance apart.
- an amount of progress: We've come a long distance on the project.
- a distant point, place, or region.
- the distant part of a field of view: a tree in the distance.
- absence of warmth; reserve: Their first meeting in several years was hampered by a certain distance between them.
- Music. interval(def 6).
- aesthetic distance.
- Horse Racing. (in a heat race) the space measured back from the winning post that a horse must reach by the time the winner passes the winning post or be eliminated from subsequent heats.
- Mathematics. the greatest lower bound of differences between points, one from each of two given sets.
- Obsolete. disagreement or dissension; a quarrel.
- to leave behind at a distance, as at a race; surpass.
- to place at a distance.
- to cause to appear distant.
- go the distance,
- (in horse racing) to be able to run well in a long race.
- Informal.to finish or complete something, especially something difficult, challenging, or requiring sustained effort.
- keep at a distance, to treat coldly or in an unfriendly manner.
- keep one's distance, to avoid becoming familiar or involved; remain cool or aloof.
Origin of distance
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Examples from the Web for distanced
Zhenya, a hair salon owner, who had been a vocal supporter of the protests, now distanced himself from the activists.Why Did Ukraine’s Eurolution Fail?
January 5, 2014
Gulen is a former ally of the government who has now distanced himself from the prime minister.Turkey’s Struggle for Checks and Balances
January 3, 2014
Cooper has distanced herself from the widely panned 2007 movie adaptation, The Seeker.She Who Came After Tolkien, Before Rowling
August 31, 2013
Netanyahu then distanced himself from the statement (settlement construction is, after all, a unilateral step).Mixed Messages From Israel on Peace Process
June 12, 2013
Heritage has distanced itself from Richwine and his dissertation.Immigrants’ IQ Lower, Wrote Coathor of Heritage Foundation Report
May 9, 2013
Fortunately the light was failing, and in the dusk I distanced the pack by a dozen yards.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
The cuirassier, being heavier, and mounted on a slower horse, was distanced.The Man With The Broken Ear
He had followed a roe from that forest to the Osenberg, and had distanced all his attendants.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
Irene Stanwood has not distanced her so immensely, after all.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
But this distanced them all—Steve and Dolly Beekman were going to be married!A Little Girl in Old New York
Amanda Millie Douglas
- the intervening space between two points or things
- the length of this gap
- the state of being apart in space; remoteness
- an interval between two points in time
- the extent of progress; advance
- a distant place or timehe lives at a distance from his work
- a separation or remoteness in relationship; disparity
- the length of the shortest line segment joining two points
- the length along a straight line or curve
- the distance the most distant or a faraway part of the visible scene or landscape
- horse racing
- Britisha point on a racecourse 240 yards from the winning post
- Britishany interval of more than 20 lengths between any two finishers in a race
- USthe part of a racecourse that a horse must reach in any heat before the winner passes the finishing line in order to qualify for later heats
- go the distance
- boxingto complete a bout without being knocked out
- to be able to complete an assigned task or responsibility
- keep one's distance to maintain a proper or discreet reserve in respect of another person
- the distant parts of a picture, such as a landscape
- middle distance
- (in a picture) halfway between the foreground and the horizon
- (in a natural situation) halfway between the observer and the horizon
- (modifier) athletics relating to or denoting the longer races, usually those longer than a milea distance runner
- to hold or place at a distance
- to separate (oneself) mentally or emotionally from something
- to outdo; outstrip
Word Origin and History for distanced
late 13c., "quarrel, estrangement, discord, strife," from Old French destance (13c.), from Latin distantia "a standing apart," from distantem (nominative distans) "standing apart, separate, distant," present participle of distare "stand apart," from dis- "apart, off" (see dis-) + stare "to stand" (see stet).
Meaning "remoteness, space between things or places" is late 14c. The figurative sense of "aloofness" is the same as in stand-offish. Phrase go the distance (1930s) seems to be originally from the prize ring, where the word meant "scheduled length of a bout."
1570s (transitive); 1640s (intransitive), from distance (n.). Related: Distanced; distancing.
- The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space.