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DISTANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distance mean? 

DISTANCE (noun)
  The noun DISTANCE has 6 senses:

1. the property created by the space between two objects or points
2. a distant region
3. size of the gap between two places
4. indifference by personal withdrawal
5. the interval between two times
6. a remote point in time

  Familiarity information: DISTANCE used as a noun is common.


DISTANCE (verb)
  The verb DISTANCE has 2 senses:

1. keep at a distance
2. go far ahead of

  Familiarity information: DISTANCE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISTANCE (noun)


Sense 1distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property created by the space between two objects or points

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("distance" is a kind of...):

spacing; spatial arrangement (the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them)

Attribute:

far (at a great distance in time or space or degree)

close; near; nigh (not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances)

distant (separated in space or coming from or going to a distance)

close (at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "distance"):

way (the property of distance in general)

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

elevation (distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level))

milage; mileage (distance measured in miles)

hour; minute (distance measured by the time taken to cover it)

yardage (distance measured in the aggregate number of yards)

remove (degree of figurative distance or separation)

interval; separation (the distance between things)

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

span (the distance or interval between two points)

leap (the distance leaped (or to be leaped))

piece (a distance)

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

farawayness; farness; remoteness (the property of being remote)

closeness; nearness (the spatial property resulting from a relatively small distance)

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

focal distance; focal length (the distance from a lens to its focus)

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


Sense 2distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A distant region

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

I could see it in the distance

Hypernyms ("distance" is a kind of...):

part; region (the extended spatial location of something)


Sense 3distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Size of the gap between two places

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

distance; length

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("distance" is a kind of...):

size (the physical magnitude of something (how big it is))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "distance"):

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

wingspan; wingspread (linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil)

skip 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)

light time (distance measured in terms of the speed of light (or radio waves))

gauge (the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train)

arm's length (a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy)

leg ((nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack)

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


Sense 4distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indifference by personal withdrawal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

aloofness; distance

Context example:

emotional distance

Hypernyms ("distance" is a kind of...):

indifference (unbiased impartial unconcern)


Sense 5distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The interval between two times

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

space; distance

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("distance" is a kind of...):

interval; time interval (a definite length of time marked off by two instants)


Sense 6distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A remote point in time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("distance" is a kind of...):

point; point in time (an instant of time)


DISTANCE (verb)


Sense 1distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep at a distance

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "distance" is one way to...):

hold; keep; maintain (keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2distance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go far ahead of

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

outdistance; distance; outstrip

Context example:

He outdistanced the other runners

Hypernyms (to "distance" is one way to...):

leave behind (depart and not take along)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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