long-distance

[lawng-dis-tuh ns, long-]
adjective
  1. of, from, or between distant places: a long-distance phone call.
  2. for, over, or covering long distances: a long-distance runner.
adverb
  1. by long-distance telephone: to call someone long-distance.

Origin of long-distance

First recorded in 1880–85

long distance

noun
  1. telephone service between distant places.

Origin of long distance

First recorded in 1900–05
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Contemporary Examples of long-distance

Historical Examples of long-distance

  • Mrs. Gosnold sent for me by long-distance telephone this morning.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Was this a long-distance run, or just a hundred-yard sprint?

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Not that I'm claimin' any long-distance record as a model parent.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • He had aroused her passion and no amount of long-distance love could requite it.

    The Perfectionists

    Arnold Castle

  • It took a minute for the long-distance circuits to connect him with Manhattan.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for long-distance

long-distance

noun
  1. (modifier) covering relatively long distancesa long-distance driver
  2. (modifier) (of telephone calls, lines, etc) connecting points a relatively long way apart
  3. mainly US and Canadian a long-distance telephone call
  4. a long-distance telephone system or its operator
adverb
  1. by a long-distance telephone linehe phoned long-distance
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Word Origin and History for long-distance
adj.

1884, in reference to telephoning, from long (adj.) + distance (n.).

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