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(1)   The property created by the space between two objects or points
(2)   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"
(3)   Indifference by personal withdrawal
"Emotional distance"
(4)   A distant region
"I could see it in the distance"
(5)   The interval between two times
"The distance from birth to death"
"It all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
(6)   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"


(7)   Go far ahead of
"He outdistanced the other runners"
(8)   Keep at a distance
"We have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"


From < < < , ppr. of < , + .


  1. 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.
  2. The entire amount of space to the objective.
    He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.
  3. A considerable amount of space.
    The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.

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