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long-distance

[lawng-dis-tuh ns, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈdɪs təns, ˈlɒŋ-/
adjective
1.
of, from, or between distant places:
a long-distance phone call.
2.
for, over, or covering long distances:
a long-distance runner.
adverb
3.
by long-distance telephone:
to call someone long-distance.
Origin of long-distance
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85

long distance

noun
1.
telephone service between distant places.
Origin
First recorded in 1900-05
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  • Mrs. Gosnold sent for me by long-distance telephone this morning.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Was this a long-distance run, or just a hundred-yard sprint?

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Not that I'm claimin' any long-distance record as a model parent.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • He had aroused her passion and no amount of long-distance love could requite it.

    The Perfectionists Arnold Castle
  • It took a minute for the long-distance circuits to connect him with Manhattan.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for long-distance

long-distance

noun
1.
(modifier) covering relatively long distances: a long-distance driver
2.
(modifier) (of telephone calls, lines, etc) connecting points a relatively long way apart
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a long-distance telephone call
4.
a long-distance telephone system or its operator
adverb
5.
by a long-distance telephone line: he phoned long-distance
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Word Origin and History for long-distance
adj.

1884, in reference to telephoning, from long (adj.) + distance (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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