- far apart; far distant in space; situated at some distance away: the remote jungles of Brazil.
- out-of-the-way; secluded: a remote village; a remote mountaintop.
- distant in time: remote antiquity.
- distant in relationship or connection: a remote ancestor.
- operating or controlled from a distance, as by remote control: a remote telephone answering machine.
- far off; abstracted; removed: principles remote from actions.
- not direct, primary, or proximate; not directly involved or influential: the remote causes of the war.
- slight or faint; unlikely: not the remotest idea; a remote chance.
- reserved and distant in manner; aloof; not warmly cordial.
- Radio and Television. a broadcast, usually live, from a location outside a studio.
- remote control(def 2).
Origin of remote
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Examples from the Web for remote
In a remote location with little means for economic development, the Brogpas have cultivating this identity to their advantage.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
The remote controlled flying craft has gone from covert military ops to a communal backyard hobby.Why Every Home Needs a Drone This Holiday
December 8, 2014
In a tiny, remote Chinese village, an ancient Roman bloodline may live on.
In a remote corner of China, one village tells a strange lineage tale.
Some critics have made the same sorts of arguments about the remote and effete president.The McConnell Friend Obama Just Hired
November 10, 2014
I beg, that I may not be sacrificed to projects, and remote contingencies.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Until now he had kept his place in the remote corner of the balcony.The Dream
He took up a point as remote as might be from the personal appeal.Quaint Courtships
Their surprise was great; for they had not the most remote idea of her intentions.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
And how, poor Alice, in that remote village, was chance to throw him in your way?Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- located far away; distant
- far from any centre of population, society, or civilization; out-of-the-way
- distant in time
- distantly related or connecteda remote cousin
- removed, as from the source or point of action
- slight or faint (esp in the phrases not the remotest idea, a remote chance)
- (of a person's manner) aloof or abstracted
- operated from a distance; remote-controlleda remote monitor
Word Origin and History for remote
mid-15c., from Middle French remot or directly from Latin remotus "afar off, remote, distant in place," past participle of removere "move back or away" (see remove (v.)). Related: Remotely; remoteness. Remote control "fact of controlling from a distance" is recorded from 1904; as a device which allows this from 1920.