Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

hailing distance

the distance within which the human voice can be heard:
They sailed within hailing distance of the island.
a close distance; the reach of something or someone (usually preceded by within):
Success is within hailing distance.
Origin of hailing distance
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for hailing distance
Historical Examples
  • Leaping to my saddle, I galloped across the spongy marsh to hailing distance.

  • They passed to leeward of us, and out of hailing distance; but the captain could read the names on their sterns with the glass.

    Sea Stories Various
  • I was out of hailing distance of the unhappy skipper when he reached the point, though I could still see his violent gestures.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
  • When I signed the party to hold off at hailing distance, the foremost warrior signed back that they were friends.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • Phil in gloves was a different Phil, a remote being quite out of hailing distance.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • The days pass, and the world, which seemed in hailing distance to you at first, has receded to dim remoteness.

  • When they were still too far for hailing distance George raised his hat and waved it.

  • The sails of the Caroline filled at the first puff of wind, and she kept at hailing distance with the Lively Bee.

  • Meanwhile the brig, being buoyant, was settling rapidly to leeward, and soon drifted out of hailing distance.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • If they are afraid to let the boys come nearer than hailing distance, what'll be done when the mob get here?

    Down the Slope James Otis

Word of the Day

Nearby words for hailing distance

Word Value for hailing

Scrabble Words With Friends