- distaunce (obsolete)
From Middle English distance, distaunce, destaunce, from Old French destance, from Latin distantia (“distance, remoteness, difference”), from distāns, present participle of distō (“I stand apart, I am separate, distant, or different”), from di-, dis- (“apart”) + stō (“I stand”). Compare Dutch afstand (“distance”, literally “off-stand, off-stance”), German Abstand.
- IPA(key): /ˈdɪs.tɪns/
- (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˈdɪs.təns/
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- Rhymes: (weak vowel merger) -ɪstəns
- The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
- The distance to Petersborough is thirty miles.
- From Moscow, the distance is relatively short to Saint Petersburg, relatively long to Novosibirsk, but even greater to Vladivostok.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […], down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.
- Length or interval of time.
- (informal) The difference; the subjective measure between two quantities.
- We're narrowing the distance between the two versions of the bill. The distance between the lowest and next gear on my bicycle is annoying.
- Remoteness of place; a remote place.
- 1819 June 23, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “Rip Van Winkle”, in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., number I, New York, N.Y.: […] C. S. Van Winkle, […], →OCLC, page 71:
- As he was about to descend, he heard a voice from a distance, hallooing, "Rip Van Winkle! Rip Van Winkle!"
- 1799, Thomas Campbell, The Pleasure of Hope:
- 'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view.
- Remoteness in succession or relation.
- the distance between a descendant and his ancestor
- A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- the horse that ran the whole field out of distance
- (uncountable, figurative) The entire amount of progress to an objective.
- He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.
- (uncountable, figurative) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.
- The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate […], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], →OCLC:
- In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass. […] Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
- The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
- 1706, Francis Atterbury, A Sermon Preached in the Guild-Hall Chapel, September 28 1706:
- ’Tis by respect and distance that authority is upheld.
- The space measured back from the winning-post which a racehorse running in a heat must reach when the winner has covered the whole course, in order to run in the final heat.
- (remoteness): farness
- action at a distance
- aesthetic distance
- angular distance
- automatic distance control
- Bhattacharyya distance
- braking distance
- cartesian distance
- Cartesian distance
- Chebyshev distance
- chessboard distance
- creepage distance
- critical distance
- distance education
- distance fog
- distance formula
- distance function
- distance learning
- distance vector
- distance vision
- down and distance
- draw distance
- edit distance
- effort distance
- Euclidean distance
- focal distance
- go the distance
- Hamming distance
- Hellinger distance
- horizon distance
- Hubble distance
- interarch distance
- interplant distance
- in the distance
- keep at a distance
- keep one's distance
- keyboard distance
- Levenshtein distance
- long-distance relationship
- luminosity distance
- lunar distance
- Manhattan distance
- mean distance between failure
- middle distance
- polar distance
- power distance
- resistance distance
- second distance
- security distance
- skip distance
- slant distance
- social distance
- socially distance
- spitting distance
- spooky action at a distance
- stay the distance
- stopping distance
- striking distance
- string distance
- taxicab distance
- taxi distance
- Tchebychev distance
- thinking distance
- walking distance
- zenith distance
- (transitive) To move away (from) someone or something.
- He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues.
- (transitive) To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.
- 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska, published 2005, page 71:
- Then the horse, with muscles strong as steel, distanced the sound.
- (transitive) To lose interest in a specific issue.
- “distance”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “distance”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “distance”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- To or at a great distance.
- rigardi pentraĵon distance.
distance f (plural distances)
- distance (literal physical distance)
- On se tient à distance de deux kilomètres l’un de l’autre.
- We stand at a distance of two kilometers from each other.
- distance (metaphoric or figurative)
- Il convient de la tenir à une certaine distance.
- It's suitable to maintain a certain distance.
- 2014, Jean-Claude Bernardon, Résolution de conflits:
- Votre langage doit vous permettre de maintenir une bonne distance de sécurité, être un peu plus poli et détaché que nécessaire est un avantage.
- Your language must allow you to maintain a good safe distance, to be a little more polite and detached than necessary is an advantage.
- inflection of :
- “distance”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
distance f (5 declension)
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