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distance

  

      n  
1    the intervening space between two points or things  
2    the length of this gap  
3    the state of being apart in space; remoteness  
4    an interval between two points in time  
5    the extent of progress; advance  
6    a distant place or time  
he lives at a distance from his work     
7    a separation or remoteness in relationship; disparity  
8    keep one's distance   to maintain a proper or discreet reserve in respect of another person  
9      (Geometry)  
a    the length of the shortest line segment joining two points  
b    the length along a straight line or curve  
10    preceded by: the   the most distant or a faraway part of the visible scene or landscape  
11      (Horse racing)  
a      (Brit)   a point on a racecourse 240 yards from the winning post  
b      (Brit)   any interval of more than 20 lengths between any two finishers in a race  
c      (U.S)   the part of a racecourse that a horse must reach in any heat before the winner passes the finishing line in order to qualify for later heats  
12    go the distance  
a      (Boxing)   to complete a bout without being knocked out  
b    to be able to complete an assigned task or responsibility  
13    the distant parts of a picture, such as a landscape  
14    middle distance  
a    (in a picture) halfway between the foreground and the horizon  
b    (in a natural situation) halfway between the observer and the horizon  
15    modifier     (Athletics)   relating to or denoting the longer races, usually those longer than a mile  
a distance runner     
      vb   tr  
16    to hold or place at a distance  
17    to separate (oneself) mentally or emotionally from something  
18    to outdo; outstrip  


action at a distance  
      n     (Physics)   the supposed interaction of two separated bodies without any intervening medium. In modern theories all interactions are assumed to require a field of force  
direct distance dialing  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian equivalent of       subscriber trunk dialling  
distance learning  
      n   a teaching system consisting of video, audio, and written material designed for a person to use in studying a subject at home  
hyperfocal distance  
      n   the distance from a camera lens to the point beyond which all objects appear sharp and clearly defined  
long-distance  
      n  
1    modifier   covering relatively long distances  
a long-distance driver     
2    modifier   (of telephone calls, lines, etc.) connecting points a relatively long way apart  
3      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a long-distance telephone call  
4    a long-distance telephone system or its operator  
      adv  
5    by a long-distance telephone line  
he phoned long-distance     
mean distance  
      n   the average of the greatest and least distances of a celestial body from its primary  
middle-distance  
      adj  
1      (Athletics)   relating to or denoting races of a length between the sprints and the distance events, esp. the 800 metres and the 1500 metres  
      n  
  middle distance  
2    part of a painting, esp. a landscape between the foreground and far distance  
polar distance  
      n   the angular distance of a star, planet, etc., from the celestial pole; the complement of the declination,   (Also called)    codeclination  
skip distance  
      n   the shortest distance between a transmitter and a receiver that will permit reception of radio waves of a specified frequency by one reflection from the ionosphere  
spitting distance  
      n   a short space or distance  
ultra-distance  
      n   modifier     (Athletics)   covering a distance in excess of 30 miles, often as part of a longer race or competition  
an ultra-distance runner     
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focal length   , distance         
      n   the distance from the focal point of a lens or mirror to the reflecting surface of the mirror or the centre point of the lens  


action at a distance  
      n     (Physics)   the supposed interaction of two separated bodies without any intervening medium. In modern theories all interactions are assumed to require a field of force  
direct distance dialing  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian equivalent of       subscriber trunk dialling  
distance         
      n  
1    the intervening space between two points or things  
2    the length of this gap  
3    the state of being apart in space; remoteness  
4    an interval between two points in time  
5    the extent of progress; advance  
6    a distant place or time  
he lives at a distance from his work     
7    a separation or remoteness in relationship; disparity  
8    keep one's distance   to maintain a proper or discreet reserve in respect of another person  
9      (Geometry)  
a    the length of the shortest line segment joining two points  
b    the length along a straight line or curve  
10    preceded by: the   the most distant or a faraway part of the visible scene or landscape  
11      (Horse racing)  
a      (Brit)   a point on a racecourse 240 yards from the winning post  
b      (Brit)   any interval of more than 20 lengths between any two finishers in a race  
c      (U.S)   the part of a racecourse that a horse must reach in any heat before the winner passes the finishing line in order to qualify for later heats  
12    go the distance  
a      (Boxing)   to complete a bout without being knocked out  
b    to be able to complete an assigned task or responsibility  
13    the distant parts of a picture, such as a landscape  
14    middle distance  
a    (in a picture) halfway between the foreground and the horizon  
b    (in a natural situation) halfway between the observer and the horizon  
15    modifier     (Athletics)   relating to or denoting the longer races, usually those longer than a mile  
a distance runner     
      vb   tr  
16    to hold or place at a distance  
17    to separate (oneself) mentally or emotionally from something  
18    to outdo; outstrip  
distance learning  
      n   a teaching system consisting of video, audio, and written material designed for a person to use in studying a subject at home  
hyperfocal distance  
      n   the distance from a camera lens to the point beyond which all objects appear sharp and clearly defined  
long-distance  
      n  
1    modifier   covering relatively long distances  
a long-distance driver     
2    modifier   (of telephone calls, lines, etc.) connecting points a relatively long way apart  
3      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a long-distance telephone call  
4    a long-distance telephone system or its operator  
      adv  
5    by a long-distance telephone line  
he phoned long-distance     
mean distance  
      n   the average of the greatest and least distances of a celestial body from its primary  
middle-distance  
      adj  
1      (Athletics)   relating to or denoting races of a length between the sprints and the distance events, esp. the 800 metres and the 1500 metres  
      n  
  middle distance  
2    part of a painting, esp. a landscape between the foreground and far distance  
polar distance  
      n   the angular distance of a star, planet, etc., from the celestial pole; the complement of the declination,   (Also called)    codeclination  
skip distance  
      n   the shortest distance between a transmitter and a receiver that will permit reception of radio waves of a specified frequency by one reflection from the ionosphere  
spitting distance  
      n   a short space or distance  
ultra-distance  
      n   modifier     (Athletics)   covering a distance in excess of 30 miles, often as part of a longer race or competition  
an ultra-distance runner     

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  

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distance

  

      n  
1    absence, extent, gap, interval, lapse, length, range, reach, remoteness, remove, separation, space, span, stretch, width  
2    aloofness, coldness, coolness, frigidity, reserve, restraint, stiffness  
3    go the distance      bring to an end, complete, finish, see through, stay the course  
4    keep one's distance      avoid, be aloof, be indifferent, be reserved, keep (someone) at arm's length, shun  
5    in the distance      afar, far away, far off, on the horizon, yonder  
      vb  
6    dissociate oneself, put in proportion, separate oneself  
7    leave behind, outdistance, outdo, outrun, outstrip, pass  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
v.
move a short distance, especially while seated
exp.
drinking out of a can or a bottle without touching it with the lips, by pouring the content from distance
n.
sigle of "Air Launched Cruise Missile" that can find his target electronically by his own means at a long distance according to a memorized map of the landscape he has to pass over
can also be launched from the soil or the sea. they can be reprogrammed or destroyed during the fly by the "sender"
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