Definition of distantly in English:

distantly

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adverb

  • 1Far away: distantly he heard shouts
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    • She could only distantly hear the shouts of her comrades over the rushing water and her own anxious heartbeat.
    • She intended to put the money back, but, distantly, she heard shouts and clamoring.
    • Somewhat distantly, she heard ‘Are you alright?’
  • 1.1Not closely: they are distantly related to the elephants
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    • However, this problem should be studied in more detail considering both distantly related and closely related species.
    • Third, the more distantly related two individuals are, the more different their micro-satellites will be.
    • Apparently the evolutionary pattern of distantly related sequences should be described differently from that of closely related sequences.
  • 1.2Coolly or remotely: she smiled distantly
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    • ‘It's a Jolly Roger,’ she says, and smiles distantly.
    • He smiled faintly, distantly, and stared into the fire.
    • Maud smiled distantly, as if reveling in some personal dream.

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