verb (used with object), dis·tanced, dis·tanc·ing.
- (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
Synonyms for distance
Related Words for distancespan, area, stretch, space, orbit, gap, width, length, radius, separation, scope, size, breadth, purview, sweep, ambit, sky, absence, spread, way
Examples from the Web for distance
Contemporary Examples of distance
“The level of outside support… has not been sufficient enough for them to distance themselves from al Nusra,” Cafarella said.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
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
December 7, 2014
Does she need to distance herself from the deregulatory policies of the Bill Clinton years?Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her
November 24, 2014
There is a disconnect, which allows for some distance between his actions and your button presses.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
Snow-capped mountains emerge gently into view in the distance, covered in pine trees at the highest elevations.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of distance
These gradually died away in the distance, and were heard no more.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In the distance they could see the others following ghostly lamps.
He had seen her only at a distance since their talk at Newport.
Reached the pool found by me on the 24th; distance seventeen miles.
The Surveyor-General and a party accompanied us for some distance along the road.
- the length of the shortest line segment joining two points
- the length along a straight line or curve
- 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
- boxingto 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
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.
see go the distance; keep one's distance; spitting distance.