- 1An amount of space between two things or people: I bicycled the short distance home the distance between front and rear wheelsMore example sentences
- Minimum safe distances are computed by adding the maximum pattern radius plus three circular error probable.
- Carrying luggage, changing planes and walking long distances are hassles that most travelers must face.
- American customers travel long distances at speed on smooth, straight highways.
- 1.1The condition of being far off; remoteness: distance makes things look small • figurative a significant distance between German and Allied understandings of the warMore example sentences
- There is too much distance, a tragic remoteness in our fellowship.
- It's hard for me to tell from this distance what condition the fields are in and the absolute best plan of attack.
- They're some significant distance away from being able to create it on their own, even if they can create it.
- 1.2A far-off point or place: watching them from a distanceMore example sentences
- I only ever saw him on TV, or at a distance in the town centre.
- Scotland, then, is a place to be viewed at a distance.
- From a distance, the village looked like a holiday trailer park surrounded by grotesque, wind-sculptured trees.
- 1.3 (the distance) The more remote part of what is visible or discernible: I heard police sirens in the distance they sped off into the distanceMore example sentences
- I craned my neck to try and see into the distance but all I could see was a bunch of lights in the distance.
- A couple of dots in the distance were visible on the ground.
- Stretching, Jim looked around, taking note of the large land masses visible in the distance to either side of them.
- 1.4An interval of time: a distance of more than twenty yearsMore example sentences
- For others, the distance of three years makes what happened feel both implausible and unforgivable.
- But I cannot look upon these plans at a distance of six months, without feeling that past events ought to teach me how little I can depend on the future.
- In my memory there is a stillness, a quietness about her that I can still feel, that is almost visible, even in the distance of many years.
- 2The full length of a race: he claimed the 10,000 meter title in only his second race over the distanceMore example sentences
- Kiplagat spotted Kiptoo's potential a year and a half before her camp was officially opened and persuaded her to race longer distances.
- It will be an Olympic distance triathlon with a 1.5km swim, a 40 km cycle ride and a 10 km run.
- In one-loft racing all birds race the same distance and there is a single finishing point.
- 2.1North American Horse Racing The distance from the winning post that a horse must have reached when the winner finishes in order to qualify for a subsequent heat.More example sentences
- Most of the "Kentucky horses" made the distance and were able to continue on.
- 2.2 (the distance) Boxing The scheduled length of a fight: he has won his first five fights inside the distanceMore example sentences
- Hersisia, 29, has won all of his 21 bouts so far with 16 stoppages inside the distance.
- So they continued until Nijinsky had gone two lengths clear inside the distance.
- In the same year, Larry had 12 fights, winning all bouts some inside the distance.
- 3The avoidance of familiarity; aloofness or reserve: a mix of warmth and distance makes a good neighborMore example sentences
- Dimbleby will be advantaged by the fact that he has never been in BBC programming management and that he has a blend of familiarity yet distance.
- I wanted her to either slap me or show me some warmth, the emotional distance was too much to bear.
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- 1Make (someone or something) far off or remote in position or nature: her mother wished to distance her from the rough village childrenMore example sentences
- The very nature of genre fiction distances the reader from these issues.
- Mahathir has attempted to shore up his position by trying to distance the government from corruption allegations.
- The strangely melancholy beauty of these places can't be traversed - we're hopelessly distanced from nature.
- 1.1 (distance oneself from) Declare that one is not connected with or a supporter of (someone or something): he sought to distance himself from the proposalsMore example sentences
- But distancing ourselves seems to be the only way to lessen the struggle.
- With The Invisible Man, he was intent on distancing himself as much as possible from the darkness of his past.
- He turned his back towards me as if distancing himself emotionally from me.
- 1.2North American Horse Racing Beat (a horse) by a distance.More example sentences
- He gave way after the first half-mile and was distanced.
- Sir Archy was distanced in the first two heats, but salvaged the final heat.
go the distance
- Boxing Complete a fight without being knocked out: he went the distance after being floored in the first roundMore example sentences
- The former WBC champion last year went the distance with Germany's Sven Ottke in an IBF title fight.
- Who knows what they would have scored had the fight gone the distance?
- I'm guessing that Ellis would have won a decision if the fight had gone the distance.
- (Of a boxing match) last the scheduled length: six of his fights went the distanceMore example sentences
- In other words, if a bowler didn't put his opponent away early, he was in trouble - especially if the match went the distance.
- This time he makes no mistake and the match will go the distance.
- Hunter drew level after the restart but the match looked destined to go the distance as neither man could take control.
- Baseball Pitch for the entire length of a game.More example sentences
- But it had been a little alarming that Maddux, who three times has led the N.L. in complete games, hadn't gone the distance.
- Wells allowed one run on eight hits, while going the distance on just 100 pitches - with only 19 called balls.
- Toney went the distance for his 10-inning no-hitter.
- Last for a long time: this amplifier system should go the distanceMore example sentences
- They are prepared to go the distance on the running machine to stay in the playground of youth.
- The fact that the series even went the distance certainly serves as a testament to the vast improvement that UW has undergone in the past two seasons.
- When was the last time a move to amend the Constitution went the distance and actually occurred?
keep one's distance
- Stay far away: keep your distance from birds feeding their youngMore example sentences
- If equipped with long range weapons they will keep their distance and try to stay away from your reach.
- So I decided to keep my distance and stay where I was by my car door.
- Both had done all the right things, the family said - they stayed together, avoided heavy drinking sessions, and kept their distance from local youths.
- Maintain one’s reserve: you had to say nothing and keep your distanceMore example sentences
- Moses said he saw that the police kept their distance from reserve communities because of a lack of understanding of the people and their culture.
- Should I keep my distance to maintain my authority or spend time with everyone to make sure things get done?
- This is a break with the tradition of analysts keeping their distance from the players in the field so as to maintain their objectivity.
within —— distance
- Near enough to reach by the means specified: the parking lot is within easy walking distance he wanted to be within driving distance of his grandparentsMore example sentences
- Don't compare the skill, courage, or attitudes of your children with other members of the team, at least within their hearing distance.
- As I live within a short walking distance of a river, I was happy to discover that the chance of my home flooding each year is just 1 in 1,000 or less.
- Number 48 will appeal to those buyers who want a period property in very good condition within walking distance of their place of work.
within striking distance
- Near enough to hit or achieve something: the aircraft carrier is dispatched to deep waters within striking distance of MoscowMore example sentences
- The Dart is within striking distance and work is well underway on the M50 link near Loughlinstown.
- This put the Kiwis within striking distance of Canada however not close enough to qualify.
- Within the past few minutes, Dr. Jim Thompson says they're now within striking distance of living independent lives.
Middle English (in the sense 'discord, debate'): from Old French or from Latin distantia, from distant- 'standing apart', from the verb distare (see distant).