n.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.
2.Remoteness of place; a remote place.
Easily managed from a distance.
- W. Irving.
'T is distance lends enchantment to the view.
- T. Campbell.
[He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato.
- Addison.
3.(Racing) A space marked out in the last part of a race course.
The horse that ran the whole field out of distance.
- L'Estrange.
4.(Mil.) Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; - contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left.
5.Space between two antagonists in fencing.
6.(Painting) The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
7.Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
8.Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events.
Ten years' distance between one and the other.
- Prior.
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.
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 familiarity.
v. t.1.To place at a distance or remotely.
[imp. & p. p. Distanced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Distancing .]
2.To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote.
3.To outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.
Noun1.distance - the property created by the space between two objects or points
2.distance - a distant region; "I could see it in the distance"
3.distance - 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"
Synonyms: length
4.Distancedistance - indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance"
Synonyms: aloofness
5.distance - the interval between two times; "the distance from birth to death"; "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
Synonyms: space
6.distance - 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"
Verb1.distance - keep at a distance; "we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"
2.distance - go far ahead of; "He outdistanced the other runners"
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