Definition of remote in English:


Line breaks: re¦mote
Pronunciation: /rɪˈməʊt

adjective (remoter, remotest)

  • 1(Of a place) situated far from the main centres of population; distant: the valley is remote from the usual tourist routes a remote Welsh valley
    More example sentences
    • This problem centres on our very large landmass, long coastline, remote location and small population.
    • The facts are that since 1981, the Aboriginal population in remote areas has grown by more than 20 per cent.
    • Diseases continue to ravage large populations, especially in remote areas.
    faraway, distant, far, far off, far removed; dim and distantisolated, out of the way, outlying, off the beaten track, secluded, in the depths of …, hard to find, lonely, in the back of beyond, in the hinterlands, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, godforsaken, obscure, inaccessible, cut-off, unreachable; faraway, far-flung; North American in the backwoods, lonesome; South African in the backveld, in the platteland; Australian/New Zealand in the backblocks, in the booay
    informal unget-at-able, in the sticks
    North American informal jerkwater, in the tall timbers
    Australian/New Zealand informal Barcoo, beyond the black stump
    literary lone
    archaic unapproachable
  • 1.1(Of an electronic device) operating or operated at a distance by means of radio or infrared signals: a second feature allows pagers to be alerted from remote alarm sensors
    More example sentences
    • A signal condition monitoring circuit drives an integral two-color LED and an alarm signal for remote monitoring at the control.
    • Walthall has spent hundreds of hours aboard NASA planes, operating remote sensors, but he is doing his research on the ground now.
    • The researchers had already deployed time-lapse cameras mounted to trees and remote microphones to listen for the telltale calls.
  • 1.2Distant in time: a golden age in the remote past
    More example sentences
    • Each idyll is a society in the distant future or the remote past that can be held up as a noble alternative to American society.
    • Some of the pictures featured at the show were those sent by spacecraft such as Mariner 9 which reveal extensive channels made by flowing water in the remote past of the planet.
    • It gives us the opportunity to form some opinion not just of the physical circumstances of life in the remote past, but also of how such people might have thought and felt about life.
  • 5 Computing Denoting a device which can only be accessed by means of a network. Compare with local.
    More example sentences
    • The rlogin command gives you easier access to remote machines than telnet.
    • Manufacturers can also use RMS to load new profiles or operating systems into remote devices.
    • PingAlarm is a tiny application that sits in the system tray, and has a green light that turns red if any remote device is down.


Back to top  
  • A remote control device: universal remotes which let you operate all your audio/video components from one handset
    More example sentences
    • As the user, you can interface with the system via keypads, touch screens, panic buttons, TV screens, computers, telephones, handheld remotes or other devices.
    • Some universal remotes can be large and unwieldy with way too many buttons, many of which wind up going unused.
    • Thus, we are often called upon to help customers get hard-to-find batteries for their watches and cordless phones and remotes and stuff.



More example sentences
  • That is what justifies its seeming remoteness, its formal difference from the idiom of our times.
  • A jet and helicopter can get you just about anywhere quickly; remoteness isn't about mere distance.
  • By reason of its remoteness in location, it has recorded little change in soil chemistry - a critical factor in nest formation.


late Middle English (in the sense 'far apart'): from Latin remotus 'removed', past participle of removere (see remove).

More definitions of remote

Definition of remote in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea