Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the property created by the space between two objects or points
  2. (noun, attribute) size of the gap between two places
    he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points
  3. (noun, feeling) indifference by personal withdrawal
  4. (noun, location) a distant region
  5. (noun, time) the interval between two times
    it all happened in the space of 10 minutes
  6. (noun, time) a remote point in time
    at a distance of ten years he had forgotten many of the details
  7. (verb, motion) go far ahead of
  8. (verb, stative) keep at a distance

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Synonyms of Distance

aloofness, length, outdistance, outstrip, space

Origin of the word Distance

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. destance, from L. distantia "a standing apart," from distantem (nom. distans) "standing apart, separate, distant," prp. of distare "stand apart," from dis- "apart, off" + stare "to stand" (see stet). The figurative sense is the same as in stand-offish. Phrase go the distance (1930s) seems to be… more

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