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- distaunce (archaic)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distantia (“distance, remoteneness, difference”), from distāns, present participle of distō (“I stand apart, I am separate, distant, or different”), from di-, dis- (“apart”) + stō (“I stand”).
- (countable) 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. There is a long distance between Moscow and Vladivostok.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- 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.
- (countable, 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.
- Remoteness in succession or relation.
the distance between a descendant and his ancestor
- A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.
- Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704)
- the horse that ran the whole field out of distance
- Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704)
- (uncountable, figuratively) The entire amount of progress to an objective.
He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.
- (uncountable, figuratively) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.
The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.
- Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
- Setting them [factions] at distance, or at least distrust amongst themselves.
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- On the part of Heaven, / Now alienated, distance and distaste.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapter III:
- 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.
- aesthetic distance
- angular distance
- automatic distance control
- braking distance
- Cartesian distance
- critical distance
- distance formula
- distance learning
- distance vision
- edit distance
- effort distance
- Euclidean distance
- focal distance
- go the distance
- Hamming distance
- horizon distance
- interarch distance
- interplant distance
- keep at a distance
- keep one's distance
- Levenshtein distance
- luminosity distance
- mean distance between failure
- polar distance
- resistance distance
- skip distance
- social distance
- spitting distance
- striking distance
- string distance
- taxicab distance
- walking distance
- zenith distance
- distance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- distance in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- distance at OneLook Dictionary Search
distance f (plural distances)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- “distance” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
distance f (5 declension)
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