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noun

telephone service between distant places.

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Origin of long distance

First recorded in 1900–05

Definition for long distance (2 of 2)

long-distance
[ lawng-dis-tuhns, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˈdɪs təns, ˈlɒŋ- /

adjective

of, from, or between distant places: a long-distance phone call.
for, over, or covering long distances: a long-distance runner.

adverb

by long-distance telephone: to call someone long-distance.

Origin of long-distance

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for long distance

long-distance

noun

(modifier) covering relatively long distancesa long-distance driver
(modifier) (of telephone calls, lines, etc) connecting points a relatively long way apart
mainly US and Canadian a long-distance telephone call
a long-distance telephone system or its operator

adverb

by a long-distance telephone linehe phoned long-distance
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