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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v distance go far ahead of "He outdistanced the other runners"
    • v distance keep at a distance "we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"
    • n distance the property created by the space between two objects or points
    • n 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"
    • n distance indifference by personal withdrawal "emotional distance"
    • n distance a distant region "I could see it in the distance"
    • n distance the interval between two times "the distance from birth to death","it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
    • n 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Along the Chalk Ridge.—Leith Hill in the Distance Along the Chalk Ridge.—Leith Hill in the Distance
Two soldiers with horses; more armed soldiers are visible in the distance Two soldiers with horses; more armed soldiers are visible in the distance
Professor Bell Sending the First Message, by Long-distance Telephone, from New York to Chicago Professor Bell Sending the First Message, by Long-distance Telephone, from New York to Chicago

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest distance a deepwater lobster has been recorded to travel is 225 miles
    • Distance (Racing) A space marked out in the last part of a race course. "The horse that ran the whole field out of distance ."
    • Distance A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve. "Setting them [factions] at distance, or at least distrust amongst themselves.""On the part of Heaven,
      Now alienated, distance and distaste."
    • Distance Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
    • Distance Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events. "Ten years' distance between one and the other.""The writings of Euclid at the distance of two thousand years."
    • Distance (Mil) 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."
    • Distance Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor.
    • Distance Remoteness of place; a remote place. "Easily managed from a distance .""'T is distance lends enchantment to the view.""He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato."
    • Distance Space between two antagonists in fencing.
    • Distance (Mus) The interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh. "If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is he keeps his at the same time."
    • Distance (Painting) The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
    • Distance The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness. "I hope your modesty
      Will know what distance to the crown is due."
      "'T is by respect and distance that authority is upheld."
    • Distance 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 ."
    • Distance To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote. "His peculiar art of distancing an object to aggrandize his space."
    • Distance To outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly. "He distanced the most skillful of his contemporaries."
    • Distance To place at a distance or remotely. "I heard nothing thereof at Oxford, being then miles distanced thence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The distance between the pitcher's rubber and home plate in baseball is 60 feet, 6 inches.
    • n distance The measure of the interval between two objects in space, or, by extension, between two points of time; the length of the straight line from one point to another, and hence of time intervening between one event or period and another: as, the distance between New York and San Francisco; the distance of two events from each other; a distance of five miles; events only the distance of an hour apart. In navigation distances are usually measured along rhumb-lines.
    • n distance A definite or measured space to be maintained between two divisions of a body of troops, two combatants in a duel, or the like: as (in command), take your distances.
    • n distance In horse-racing, the space measured back from the winning-post which a horse, in heat-races, must have reached when the winning horse has covered the whole course in order to be entitled to enter subsequent heats. In the United States the distances for trotting-races are (1889) as follows: Mile-heats, 80 yards; two-mile heats, 150 yards; three-mile heats, 220 yards: mile-heats, best three in five, 100 yards; mile-heats, with eight or more starters, 120 yards. The distances for running-races are as follows: Three-quarter-mile heats, 25 yards; mile-heats, 30 yards; two-mile heats, 50 yards; three-mile heats, 60 yards; four-mile heats, 70 yards. A horse which fails to reach the distance-post before the heat has been won, or whose rider or driver is adjudged to have made certain specified errors, is said to be distanced.
    • n distance In music, the interval or difference between two tones. See interval.
    • n distance Remoteness of place or time; a remote place or time: as, at a great distance; a light appeared in the distance.
    • n distance Remoteness in succession or relation: as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor; there is a much greater distance between the ranks of major and captain than between those of captain and first lieutenant.
    • n distance Remoteness in intercourse; reserve of manner, induced by or manifesting reverence, respect, dignity, dislike, coldness or alienation of feeling, etc.
    • n distance Dissension; strife; disturbance.
    • distance To place at a distance; situate remotely.
    • distance To cause to appear at a distance; cause to appear remote.
    • distance In horse-racing, to beat in a race by at least the space between the distance-post and the winning-post; hence, to leave behind in a race; get far ahead of. See distance, n., 3.
    • distance To get in advance of; gain a superiority over; outdo; excel.
    • n distance In psychology, extension in the third dimension; spatial depth.
    • n distance In painting, remoteness of objects as indicated by increased delicacy and harmony of color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The telescope on Mount Palomar, California, can see a distance of 7,038,835,200,000,000,000,000 miles.
    • n Distance dis′tans a space or interval between: remoteness: opposition: reserve of manner: in horse-racing, the space measured back from the winning-post which a horse, in heat-races, must reach when the winner has covered the whole course, in order to run in the final heat
    • v.t Distance to place at a distance: to leave at a distance behind
    • ***


  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
  • Robert Southey
    “No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.”
  • Julius Robert Oppenheimer
    Julius Robert Oppenheimer
    “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.”
  • Victor Borge
    Victor Borge
    “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
  • Malcolm De Chazal
    Malcolm De Chazal
    “We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The shortest distance between two people is laughter.”


Go the distance - If you go the distance, you continue until something ends, no matter how difficult.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. distance, L. distantia,


In literature:

A short distance farther on, there was another.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Below was the valley and the wood, and away in the distance stood the little house I had left.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Long-distance travelers who have been round the world some dozen times have journeyed a greater distance.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
His aim sustained him; Andreas Doederlein beckoned in the distance.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Our fears were dissipated when we saw the sea tinged with blood to a great distance.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Suddenly he took notice of a figure a short distance ahead of him.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
A clump of ragged jack-pines stood on a sandhill miles away, and a lake twinkled in the remote distance.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
The word is also used as a general term to express the greatest distance of any heavenly body from the earth.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Godfrey heard a reply a long distance off.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
The wind had gone down somewhat, and from a distance came a low cry.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
The buzzards were five, and in making their wide circles they had again cut down the distance.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
From the shore a sort of wooden jetty stretches into the sea, at the distance of about sixty paces.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The greatest distance of this planet from the sun does not exceed the least distance by one per cent.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
For that reason, the distance run is the distance off.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
Distance seems to be of little account to these buoyant navigators of the air.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
As the hunters drew nearer, the hyenas retreated to some distance.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Is that yur distance?
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Naval plan for long-distance bombing raids over Essen and Berlin.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Keeping along the bottom of the dunes, I observed a Goumier encampment in the distance.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
In one direction, far in the distance, she saw trees.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

What syllable are you seeking,
In the distances of sleep?
Speak it.
"To The Roaring Wind" by Wallace Stevens
O, the sight and scent,
Wistful eve and perfumed pavement!
In the distance pipes an organ . . .
The sensation
"Music" by William Ernest Henley
Thy will such a strange distance is,
As that to it
East and West touch, the poles do kisse,
And parallels meet.
"The Search" by George Herbert
Afar in the hazy distance
The slanting sunlight fell,
And meadow and field and woodland
Were underneath its spell.
"In The Light Of Boyhood" by Alexander Anderson
Yet never could I gauge as yet
The distance infinite
It takes one heavenly look of yours
To shine down to my sight.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
All I prized but yesterday
In the distance lessening lay,
Like some golden cloud afar,
Fallen and faded from a star.
"Yesternight" by Alice Cary

In news:

We did a "soft launch" of Endurance 101: a gentle guide the sport of long-distance riding, rolling out the e-book edition unofficially on our own website.
Not according to Brad Hudson, the coach of such distance stars as Dathan Ritzenhein and Jorge Torres.
The route was changed this year to allow all cyclists — not just those choosing shorter distances — to go through the base.
Longer distance doesn't faze Johnson's Langan.
But I will willingly travel great distances to sample one regional or national specialty.
Whitney and Mitchell, who live in Charlotte, North Carolina, dated long distance for more than a year, before they wed at The Creek Club at I'On.
You can focus from a distance of just under two inches away from your subject.
Martin, who qualified in three events, finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet, 3 inches.
In the Class AAA state final, Kevin Fielden doubles the lead for Fort Mill (S. C.) with this long-distance free kick.
Shangri-Las Fijian Resort is situated on the private tropical island of Yanuca, surrounded by white sand beach and approximately 45 minutes driving distance from Nadi International Airport.
They also worked on a firetower at the top of Woodhull Mountain, a short distance from Old Forge.
You can see a great distance through the woods at this time of year.
Midnight Lute worked quarter miles in:21 flat, the fastest works at the distance at the third and final session of the Under Tack Show for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2012 June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age.
Four horses shared honors for the session's fastest eighth, each working the distance in:10 flat .
A short distance from the foal 's abdomen, you will see a slight narrowing.

In science:

The distance d(i, j ) is the geodesic distance ie the length of the shortest path between points i and j .
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
The correlations of distance-dependent properties with distance-independent ones then allows for the derivation of galaxy distances.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
The probability density function for the random distance distribution including Euclidean distance and geodesic distance for an n-dimensional sphere (i.e. the boundary of a spherical n-ball) with an arbitrary surface density distribution will be discussed in Ref. .
Random Distance Distribution for Spherical Objects: General Theory and Applications to n-Dimensional Physics
The distances that will be considered in this paper do not always satisfy the properties generally accepted for distances, they are really pseudo-distances.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
Since, as has been shown above, every revision defined by a pseudo-distance satisfies the AGM postulates, if, for each theory K we define K ∗ by some pseudo-distance, then the revision defined will satisfy the AGM postulates, even if we use different pseudo-distances for different K ’s.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
But even when the pseudo-distance is a real distance, the resulting revision operator |d does not always permit reconstructing the relations of the distances.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
Indeed, since z2 /z1 ≫ 1 well above the transition, the number of vertices at distance m grows quickly with m in this regime (see Eq. (8) again), which means that most of the vertices in the network will be far from A, around distance r, and r is thus also approximately equal to the average vertex–vertex distance ℓ.
Random graphs as models of networks
If two field lines within a snapshot of strong m agnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence are at some location separated by a distance r0 ≪ lB, they will separate by a distance lB after some distance z along the magnetic field.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
Fig. 10. — Probability distribution of the distance (in unit s of lB ) a field-line pair in simulation A2 initially separated by a distance ld must be followed before separating by a distance lB .
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
Here, W (µ, µQ) is the Wasserstein distance with respect to the geodesic distance (or the angular distance) on T.
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation
The one is the Wasserstein distance with respect to the usual metric |ζ − η |, ζ, η ∈ T, and the other is with respect to the geodesic distance (i.e., the angular distance) on T.
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation
This shows that the walk tends to stay at the same distance from 0 and the value of c determines the tendency to go away from or towards 0. (3.5.7) shows that the walk stays at distance i an average of the order of (N/c)i steps before making a jump to another distance.
Degrees of transience and recurrence and hierarchical random walks
N/c)i − 1) P∞ j=i+1 pij, in one step from i the distance chain is (N/c)i − 1 times more likely to stay within distance i from 0 than it is to jump to a larger distance from 0.
Degrees of transience and recurrence and hierarchical random walks
Using these three distances and other distances within the literature we estimated an overall distance of 9.3 ± 1.8 Mpc to M74.
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
Often, the diameter is taken to mean the average distance between a random pair of vertices, or perhaps the ‘typical’ distance, although the usual graph theoretic definition (the maximum distance between a pair of vertices) is also used.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs