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Definition 1: the property created by the space between two objects or points - [noun denoting attribute]

(distance is a kind of ...) the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance from the center of a car's front wheel to the rear axle

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance between things

"fragile items require separation and cushioning"

(... is a kind of distance ) degree of figurative distance or separation

"just one remove from madness" "it imitates at many removes a Shakespearean tragedy"

(... is a kind of distance ) distance measured in the aggregate number of yards

"what is the yardage of this golf course?"

(... is a kind of distance ) distance measured by the time taken to cover it

"we live an hour from the airport" "its just 10 minutes away"

(... is a kind of distance ) distance measured in miles

(... is a kind of distance ) distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)

"there was snow at the higher elevations"

(... is a kind of distance ) the angular distance along the celestial equator from the observer's meridian to the hour circle of a given celestial body

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance or interval between two points

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance leaped (or to be leaped)

"a leap of 10 feet"

(... is a kind of distance ) the property of distance in general

"it's a long way to Moscow" "he went a long ways"

(... is a kind of distance ) a distance

"it is down the road a piece"

(... is a kind of distance ) the arithmetic mean of the maximum and minimum distances of a celestial body (satellite or secondary star) from its primary

(... is a kind of distance ) the property of being remote

(... is a kind of distance ) the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance

"the sudden closeness of the dock sent him into action"

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance (measured in the direction of propagation) between two points in the same phase in consecutive cycles of a wave

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance from a lens to its focus

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance in front of a lens that is focused at infinity beyond which all objects are well defined and clear

(... are attributes of distance) located at a great distance in time or space or degree

"we come from a far country" "far corners of the earth" "the far future" "a far journey" "the far side of the road" "far from the truth" "far in the future"

(... are attributes of distance) not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances

"near neighbors" "in the near future" "they are near equals" "his nearest approach to success" "a very near thing" "a near hit by the bomb" "she was near tears" "she was close to tears" "had a close call"

(... are attributes of distance) separated in space or coming from or going to a distance

"distant villages" "the sound of distant traffic" "a distant sound" "a distant telephone call"

(... are attributes of distance) at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other

"close to noon" "how close are we to town?" "a close formation of ships"

Definition 2: size of the gap between two places - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where distance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the distance from New York to Chicago
  • he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points

Synonyms for distance in the sense of this definition

(distance is a kind of ...) the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)

"a wolf is about the size of a large dog"

(... is a kind of distance ) (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack

(... is a kind of distance ) a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy

(... is a kind of distance ) the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train

(... is a kind of distance ) distance measured in terms of the speed of light (or radio waves)

"the light time from Jupiter to the sun is approximately 43 minutes"

(... is a kind of distance ) the shortest distance that permits radio signals (of a given frequency) to travel from the transmitter to the receiver by reflection from the ionosphere

(... is a kind of distance ) linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil

(... is a kind of distance ) distance between the tips of the wings (as of a bird or insect) when fully extended

(... is a kind of distance ) the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex (or side if parallel)

Definition 3: indifference by personal withdrawal - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where distance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • emotional distance

Synonyms for distance in the sense of this definition

(distance is a kind of ...) unbiased impartial unconcern

Definition 4: a distant region - [noun denoting location]

Samples where distance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I could see it in the distance

(distance is a kind of ...) the extended spatial location of something

"the farming regions of France" "religions in all parts of the world" "regions of outer space"

Definition 5: the interval between two times - [noun denoting time]

Samples where distance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the distance from birth to death
  • it all happened in the space of 10 minutes

Synonyms for distance in the sense of this definition

(distance is a kind of ...) a definite length of time marked off by two instants

Definition 6: a remote point in time - [noun denoting time]

Samples where distance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(distance is a kind of ...) an instant of time

"at that point I had to leave"

Definition 7: go far ahead of - [verb of motion]

Samples where distance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He outdistanced the other runners

Synonyms for distance in the sense of this definition

(distance is a kind of ...) depart and not take along

"He left behind all his possessions when he moved to Europe"

Definition 8: keep at a distance - [verb of stative]

Samples where distance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living

(distance is a kind of ...) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., `keep clean'

"hold in place" "She always held herself as a lady" "The students keep me on my toes"

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