verb (used with object), dis·tanced, dis·tanc·ing.
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Idioms for 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.
Origin of distance
OTHER WORDS FROM distancedis·tance·less, adjective
Words nearby distance
How to use distance in a sentence
Clark said masks were optional, as long as six feet of distance was kept, and temperatures were checked.School Sports Became ‘Clubs’ Amid the Pandemic – Now Two Coaches Are Out|Ashly McGlone|September 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Fortunately, sound waves can travel great distances through the ocean, thanks to a curious phenomenon known as the SOFAR Channel, short for Sound Fixing and Ranging.Underwater earthquakes’ sound waves reveal changes in ocean warming|Carolyn Gramling|September 17, 2020|Science News
They connected the two electron charges with one “effective” charge that varied with distance.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics|Charlie Wood|September 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Richard Barrera, a San Diego Unified trustee, suggested during a town hall that it was actually a silver lining of distance learning that students at Lincoln and elsewhere would have increased access to AP classes.Morning Report: Lincoln Abruptly Canceled AP Class|Voice of San Diego|September 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
It was here that my girlfriend and I decided we’d go for our first drink after quarantine — mostly because of it being within walking distance and a few Yelp reviews suggesting unusually cheap drinks.
Their leader, Njie, still going by “Dave” during the operation, would stay a safe distance away until the State House was secure.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The level of outside support… has not been sufficient enough for them to distance themselves from al Nusra,” Cafarella said.
The younger brother would try everything in his power from a distance to subdue the roaring flames of passion.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How much distance was there between the two men when Brown was shot?Ferguson’s Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story|Paul Campos|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was in a long-distance relationship at the time with my high-school boyfriend.
Off went the officers again, some distance to the front, and then back again to their men, and got them on a little further.
Distance, the uncertain light, and imagination, magnified it to a high wall; high as the wall of China.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
And the others, not knowing that he had that day repented, sat at their distance and tried to form no conclusion.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
We see the whole land, even if but at a distance, instead of being limited merely to the spot where our foot treads.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for distance
- the length of the shortest line segment joining two points
- the length along a straight line or curve
- British a point on a racecourse 240 yards from the winning post
- British any interval of more than 20 lengths between any two finishers in a race
- US the 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
- boxing to complete a bout without being knocked out
- to be able to complete an assigned task or responsibility
- (in a picture) halfway between the foreground and the horizon
- (in a natural situation) halfway between the observer and the horizon
Medical definitions for distance
Idioms and Phrases with distance
see go the distance; keep one's distance; spitting distance.