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
Examples from the Web for distanced
Contemporary Examples of distanced
Zhenya, a hair salon owner, who had been a vocal supporter of the protests, now distanced himself from the activists.Why Did Ukraine’s Eurolution Fail?
January 5, 2014
Gulen is a former ally of the government who has now distanced himself from the prime minister.Turkey’s Struggle for Checks and Balances
January 3, 2014
Cooper has distanced herself from the widely panned 2007 movie adaptation, The Seeker.She Who Came After Tolkien, Before Rowling
August 31, 2013
Netanyahu then distanced himself from the statement (settlement construction is, after all, a unilateral step).Mixed Messages From Israel on Peace Process
June 12, 2013
Heritage has distanced itself from Richwine and his dissertation.Immigrants’ IQ Lower, Wrote Coathor of Heritage Foundation Report
May 9, 2013
Historical Examples of distanced
Fortunately the light was failing, and in the dusk I distanced the pack by a dozen yards.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
The cuirassier, being heavier, and mounted on a slower horse, was distanced.The Man With The Broken Ear
He had followed a roe from that forest to the Osenberg, and had distanced all his attendants.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
Irene Stanwood has not distanced her so immensely, after all.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
But this distanced them all—Steve and Dolly Beekman were going to be married!A Little Girl in Old New York
Amanda Millie Douglas
- 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.