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
Related formsdis·tance·less, adjective
Examples from the Web for distancing
“You can borrow that stuff if you want to,” McKenna says, putting a heavy, distancing accent on the word stuff.
Now, Dickie says, the church is distancing itself from the perceived alliance.Pope Francis May Be Risking His Life by Taking on the Mafia|Barbie Latza Nadeau|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During that time, his success mounted but he seemed to be distancing himself from cultural relevance.
But, astonishingly, rather than distancing themselves from the crisis, Hamas leaders have intensified their engagement in it.
Lizzie Crocker on why so many powerful women are distancing themselves from ‘feminist.’Susan Sarandon Says She’s Not a Feminist: Why She Dumped the Label|Lizzie Crocker|July 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had known his impetuous brother to do many unwise things in the past; but it seemed that he was now distancing his own record.The Pioneer Boys on the Great Lakes|Harrison Adams
All these thoughts flashed through his mind while he ran on, intent on distancing his pursuer, who was close behind him.Fenn Masterson's Discovery|Allen Chapman
Each is an advance upon the previous, distancing all works of similar composers, and each one surpassing his own previous efforts.A Popular History of the Art of Music|W. S. B. Mathews
Aware that the Sioux were distancing them, the Pawnee hunters were shouting encouragement to their tribesmen.Three Sioux Scouts|Elmer Russell Gregor
But when we had got to within about six yards of him, up he got, and galloped off again, distancing us at every stride.Across Patagonia|Lady Florence Dixie
British Dictionary definitions for distancing
- 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
Medicine definitions for distancing
Idioms and Phrases with distancing
see go the distance; keep one's distance; spitting distance.