Definition of Distance

1. Noun. The property created by the space between two objects or points.

2. Verb. Keep at a distance. "We have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"
Generic synonyms: Hold, Keep, Maintain

3. Noun. A distant region. "I could see it in the distance"
Generic synonyms: Part, Region

4. Verb. Go far ahead of. "He outdistanced the other runners"
Exact synonyms: Outdistance, Outstrip
Generic synonyms: Leave Behind

5. Noun. Size of the gap between two places. "He determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
Exact synonyms: Length
Specialized synonyms: Leg, Arm's Length, Gauge, Light Time, Skip Distance, Wingspan, Wingspread, Wingspread, Altitude
Generic synonyms: Size

6. Noun. Indifference by personal withdrawal. "Emotional distance"
Exact synonyms: Aloofness
Generic synonyms: Indifference
Derivative terms: Distant

7. Noun. The interval between two times. "It all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
Exact synonyms: Space
Generic synonyms: Interval, Time Interval
Derivative terms: Distant, Space

8. Noun. A remote point in time. "At a distance of ten years he had forgotten many of the details"
Generic synonyms: Point, Point In Time
Derivative terms: Distant, Distant

Definition of Distance

1. n. 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. v. t. To place at a distance or remotely.

Definition of Distance

1. Noun. The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line. ¹

2. Noun. (context: uncountable figuratively) The entire amount of space to the objective. ¹

3. Noun. (context: uncountable figuratively) A considerable amount of space. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To move away (from) someone or something. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind. ¹

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Definition of Distance

1. to leave behind [v -TANCED, -TANCING, -TANCES]

Medical Definition of Distance

1. 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. Newton) 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. A space marked out in the last part of a race course. "The horse that ran the whole field out of distance." (L'Estrange) 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 heaths, best two in three, and 150 yards in races of two-mile heats. at that distance from the winning post in 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 cunning again during that race. 4. 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." 5. Space between two antagonists in fencing. 6. The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, especially. In a landscape. 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. 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. "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. 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 Lunar. North polar distance, 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. "If a man makes keep my distance, the comfort is he keeps his at the same time." (Swift) Origin: F. Distance, L. Distantia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Distance

distal interphalangeal joints
distal muscular dystrophy
distal occlusion
distal part of anterior lobe of hypophysis
distal phalange
distal phalanges
distal radioulnar articulation
distal radioulnar joint
distal spiral septum
distal splenorenal shunt
distal surface of tooth
distal tibiofibular joint
distance ceptor
distance education
distance formula
distance formulae
distance learning
distance of virtual image
distance perception
distance vector
distance vision

Literary usage of Distance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Relation between size and distance. When we study the relation of size to distance from the observer, we find a series of complexities even greater than ..."

2. An essay concerning human understanding by John Locke (1838)
"As in simple space we consider the relation of distance between any two bodies or points; so in our idea of place, we consider the relation of distance ..."

3. Principles of Physics, Or Natural Philosophy: Designed for the Use of by Benjamin Silliman (1865)
"Although there is a definite distance at which minute objects are most distinctly seen, the eye lias a wonderful facility of adapting itself to viewing ..."

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