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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun distance:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb distance:


Distance is sometimes a misspelling of distant.

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Definition of the noun distance

What does distance mean as a name of something?

Distance is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: distances

  1. the property created by the space between two objects or points
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic terms: spacing / spatial arrangement = the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them
    • more specific terms:
      • way = the property of distance in general
      • 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 / remoteness / farness = 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
      • leap = the distance leaped
      • span = the distance or interval between two points
      • wheelbase = the distance from the center of a car's front wheel to the rear axle
      • separation / interval = the distance between things
      • remove = degree of figurative distance or separation
      • yardage = distance measured in the aggregate number of yards
      • minute / hour = distance measured by the time taken to cover it
      • mileage / milage = distance measured in miles
      • elevation = distance of something above a reference point
      • hour angle = the angular distance along the celestial equator from the observer's meridian to the hour circle of a given celestial body
    • attributes:
      • far = located 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
  2. a distant region
    • example: I could see it in the distance
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: part / region = the extended spatial location of something
  3. size of the gap between two places
    • example: the distance from New York to Chicago
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of distance: length
    • more generic word: size = the physical magnitude of something
    • more specific terms:
      • leg = the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
      • arm's length = a distance sufficient to exclude intimacy
      • gauge = the distance between the rails of a railway or between the wheels of a train
      • light time = distance measured in terms of the speed of light
      • 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
      • wingspread / wingspan = linear distance between the extremities of an airfoil
      • wingspread = distance between the tips of the wings (as of a bird or insect) when fully extended
      • altitude = the perpendicular distance from the base of a geometric figure to the opposite vertex
  4. indifference by personal withdrawal
    • example: emotional distance
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonym of distance: aloofness
    • more generic word: indifference = unbiased impartial unconcern
  5. the interval between two times
    • example: the distance from birth to death
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of distance: space
    • more generic terms: interval / time interval = a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  6. a remote point in time
    • 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
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: point / point in time = an instant of time

Alternative definition of the noun distance


  1. [countable] The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
  2. [context: uncountable, figuratively] The entire amount of space to the objective.
  3. [context: uncountable, figuratively] A considerable amount of space.

Specialised definition of the noun distance

Glossary of sports

a measurement of the space between two points (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the spatial or performance difference between two competitors (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

in running competitions and various races, the length of the course that is to be covered (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / biathlon

the range between shooting line (location of the shooter) and target (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / boxing

the distance between two boxers determined by measuring the range of the arms (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

if a bout goes the distance, it lasts the full number of rounds (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / shooting

the range between shooting line (location of the shooter) and target (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb distance

What does distance mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: distanced | distancing | distances

  1. keep at a distance
    • example: we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: hold / keep / maintain = cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity
  2. go far ahead of

Alternative definition of the verb distance


  1. [transitive] To move away (from) someone or something.
  2. [transitive] To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.


  1. "Distance" is a 2001 film by Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu, starring Arata, Tadanobu Asano, Iseya Yusuke, Terajima Susumu, and Natsukawa Yui.
  2. "Distance" a.k.a. "Dooratwa" is a 1978 Bengali film directed and written by Buddhadev Dasgupta.
  3. "Distance" a.k.a. "Distants" is a 2012 short drama and thriller film written by Janno Jürgens and Anti Naulainen and directed by Janno Jürgens.
  4. "Distance" is a short film, directed by Aimee Long.
  5. "Distance" is 2009 drama film directed by Thomas Sieben and co-written with Christian Lyra.
  6. "Distance" is a film, directed by Diego Bolívar.
    • also known as La Distancia
    • countries: Argentina, Colombia
    • language: Spanish Language
    • genre: Drama
    • released in
  7. "Distance" is a short film, directed by Nick Louie, James Y. Shih, James Z. Feng.
  8. "Distance" is a film, directed by Yanxing Cao.
  9. "Distance" is a film.
    • genre: Drama
  10. "Distance" is a film, directed by Sergio Ramírez.
    • also known as Distancia
    • genre: Drama
    • released in (5 years ago)

Phrases with Distance

Phrases starting with the word Distance:

  1. Distance Vector
  2. distance vision
  3. Distance Formula
  4. Distance Learning

Phrases ending with the word Distance:

  1. Edit distance
  2. long distance
  3. long-distance
  4. mean distance
  5. Self-Distance
  6. skip distance
  7. focal distance
  8. Effort Distance
  9. Go the Distance
  10. middle distance
  11. String Distance
  12. angular distance
  13. Braking distance
  14. Taxicab Distance
  15. Spitting Distance
  16. Stay the Distance

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Distance

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Google previewThe Human Semantic Potential (1996)

Spatial Language and Constrained Connectionism by Terry Regier

More specifically, the proximal distance is the length of the imaginary directed line segment connecting ...

Google previewAdvances in Automated Valuation Modeling (2017)

AVM After the Non-Agency Mortgage Crisis by Maurizio d'Amato, Tom Kauko

Formally, a distance is a function D with non-negative real values, defined on the Cartesian product XÁ X of a set X. The...

The equation for Euclidean distance is: dðx;yÞ 1⁄4 ðxi ÀyiÞ2 ð2Þ Xn i1⁄41 Euclidean distance is the most common use ...

Google previewVirtual Art (2003)

From Illusion to Immersion by Oliver Grau

As Adorno expressed it: "distance is the primary condition for getting close to the content of a work.

Google previewThe New Swansea Guide; Containing a Particular Description of the Town and Its Vicinity: Together with a Short History of the County ... A New Edition (1823)


a short distance is the remnant of a Roman road, which appears again on Newton Down, in a line to Neath. Three miles south of COWbririge is Lanmihangel, formerly the patrimony of the ancient family of the Thomas's; the last of whom, ...

Google previewGraph Based Representations in Pattern Recognition (2003)

4th IAPR International Workshop, GbRPR 2003, York, UK, June 30 - July 2, 2003. Proceedings by Edwin Hancock, Mario Vento, International Association for Pattern Recognition

One of the criticisms that can be leveled at existing methods for computing graph edit distance is that it lacks the formality and rigour of the computation of string edit distance. Hence, our aim is to convert graphs to string sequences so that ...

Google previewAirplane Flying Handbook (2014)

FAA-H-8083-3A by Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration

Accelerate-stop distance is the runway length required to accelerate to a specified speed (either VR or VLOF, as specified by the manufacturer), experience an engine failure, and bring the airplane to a complete stop. • Accelerate-go distance ...

Google previewNobody’s Business (2013)

Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics by Brian M. Reed

This passage begins with a slightly and provocatively paradoxical declarative sentence —“Distance is a communication system”—that ...

Google previewA Unified Theory of Party Competition (2005)

A Cross-National Analysis Integrating Spatial and Behavioral Factors by James F. Adams, Samuel Merrill III, Bernard Grofman

Party identification is scored at one if the respondent identified with the candidate's party and zero otherwise; ideological distance is the negative of the squared distance between the respondent's self-placement and the candidate's position ...

Google previewAlgorithm Theory -- SWAT 2012 (2012)

13th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops, Helsinki, Finland, July 4-6, 2012, Proceedings by Fedor V. Fomin, Petteri Kaski

Fréchet Distance. 1 Introduction The Fréchet distance is a similarity metric for continuous shapes such as curves...

The Fréchet distance is the smallest leash required by any possible morphing between the surfaces. While the Fréchet ...

Google previewA Compendium of Astronomy, comprising a complete treatise and an astronomical dictionary, etc (1830)


Mercury is of a bright white colour; and, when viewed through tele_ " The mean distance of the planets from the sun is found by Kepler's rule, having the mean distance of the earth given, and the periods of the planets' revolutions. Mercury's ...

Google previewA philosophical dictionary, from the Fr. [by J.G. Gurton]. (1824)

by Voltaire

DISTANCE. A man who knows how to reckon the paces from one end ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Distance learning programmes differ from those taught face-toface in that the sources of instruction are separated in time and space from the learners, with the distance being mediated by technology. Learners may study in a flexible manner in ...

Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

Half sum - Distance – 4 True altitude G) True altitude ) Log. secant of apparent altitude G). Log. secant of apparent altitude ) Log. cosine of true altitude G) - Log. cofine of true altitude D - Apparent altitude G) Correction R – P G)'s true altitude ...

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Quotes about Distance

An elephant and an ant
Demand a certain distance
For one to see them clearly and
Those distances vary.
You must keep a distance
With all members around you
And that distance must vary
To suit the focus of the images.
15.06.2009 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1T1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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