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Meaning of DISTANCE

Pronunciation:  'distuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the property created by the space between two objects or points
  2. [n]  size of the gap between two places; "the distance from New York to Chicago"; "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
  3. [n]  indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance"
  4. [n]  a distant region; "I could see it in the distance"
  5. [n]  the interval between two times; "the distance from birth to death"; "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
  6. [n]  a remote point in time; "if that happens it will be at some distance in the future"; "at a distance of ten years he had forgotten many of the details"
  7. [v]  go far ahead of; "He outdistanced the other runners"
  8. [v]  keep at a distance

DISTANCE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: aloofness, length, outdistance, outstrip, space
 See Also: altitude, arm's length, closeness, elevation, farawayness, farness, focal distance, focal length, hold, hour, hour angle, hyperfocal distance, indifference, interval, interval, keep, leap, leave behind, leg, light time, maintain, mean distance, milage, mileage, minute, nearness, part, piece, point, point in time, region, remoteness, remove, separation, size, skip distance, spacing, span, spatial arrangement, throw, time interval, wavelength, way, ways, wheelbase, wingspan, wingspread, yardage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis"tance\, n. [F. distance, L. distantia.]
    1. The space between two objects; the length of a line,
       especially the shortest line joining two points or things
       that are separate; measure of separation in place.
             Every particle attracts every other with a force . .
             . inversely proportioned to the square of the
             distance.                             --Sir I.
    2. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
             Easily managed from a distance.       --W. Irving.
             'T is distance lends enchantment to the view. --T.
             [He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato.
    3. (Racing) A space marked out in the last part of a race
             The horse that ran the whole field out of distance.
    Note: In trotting matches under the rules of the American
          Association, the distance varies with the conditions of
          the race, being 80 yards in races of mile heats, best
          two in three, and 150 yards in races of two-mile heats.
          At that distance from the winning post is placed the
          distance post. If any horse has not reached this
          distance post before the first horse in that heat has
          reached the winning post, such horse is distanced, and
          disqualified for running again during that race.
    4. (Mil.) Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured
       from front to rear; -- contrasted with {interval}, which
       is measured from right to left. ``Distance between
       companies in close column is twelve yards.'' --Farrow.
    5. Space between two antagonists in fencing. --Shak.
    6. (Painting) The part of a picture which contains the
       representation of those objects which are the farthest
       away, esp. in a landscape.
    Note: In a picture, the
    {Middle distance} is the central portion between the
       foreground and the distance or the extreme distance. In a
       perspective drawing, the
    {Point of distance} is the point where the visual rays meet.
    7. Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety. --Locke.
    8. Length or interval of time; period, past or future,
       between two eras or events.
             Ten years' distance between one and the other.
             The writings of Euclid at the distance of two
             thousand years.                       --Playfair.
    9. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence,
       respect; ceremoniousness.
             I hope your modesty Will know what distance to the
             crown is due.                         --Dryden.
             'T is by respect and distance that authority is
             upheld.                               --Atterbury.
    10. A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness;
        disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.
              Setting them [factions] at distance, or at least
              distrust amongst themselves.         --Bacon.
              On the part of Heaven, Now alienated, distance and
              distaste.                            --Milton.
    11. Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance
        between a descendant and his ancestor.
    12. (Mus.) The interval between two notes; as, the distance
        of a fourth or seventh.
    {Angular distance}, the distance made at the eye by lines
       drawn from the eye to two objects.
    {Lunar distance}. See under {Lunar}.
    {North polar distance} (Astron.), the distance on the heavens
       of a heavenly body from the north pole. It is the
       complement of the declination.
    {Zenith distance} (Astron.), the arc on the heavens from a
       heavenly body to the zenith of the observer. It is the
       complement of the altitude.
    {To keep one's distance}, to stand aloof; to refrain from
             If a man makes keep my distance, the comfort is he
             keeps his at the same time.           --Swift.
  2. \Dis"tance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distanced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Distancing}.]
    1. To place at a distance or remotely.
             I heard nothing thereof at Oxford, being then miles
             distanced thence.                     --Fuller.
    2. To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem
             His peculiar art of distancing an object to
             aggrandize his space.                 --H. Miller.
    3. To outstrip by as much as a distance (see {Distance}, n.,
       3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.
             He distanced the most skillful of his
             contemporaries.                       --Milner.
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