verb (used with object), dis·tanced, dis·tanc·ing.
- distal myopathy,
- distance learning,
- distance medley,
- distance modulus,
- distance race,
- distance runner
- (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
Examples from the Web for distance
“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
Does she need to distance herself from the deregulatory policies of the Bill Clinton years?
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’|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
On the 19th the pioneer boat, running some distance ahead of the others, was again upset by a wave.The Romance of the Colorado River|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
In the distance suddenly the cypress trees became alive with huge flaring torches, which lit the garden like Bengal lights.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches|Maurice Baring
At a distance of about two miles from our camp was the crest of a low swell in the Plains.Life and Adventures of 'Billy' Dixon|Billy Dixon
She found herself wondering how it could have succeeded in coming that distance.The Trail to Yesterday|Charles Alden Seltzer
On other occasions when he wanted them to keep their distance, he found mere growling to have the desired effect."Over There" with the Australians|R. Hugh Knyvett
- 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
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.