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1    far away or apart in space or time  
2    postpositive   separated in space or time by a specified distance  
3    apart in relevance, association, or relationship  
a distant cousin     
4    coming from or going to a faraway place  
a distant journey     
5    remote in manner; aloof  
6    abstracted; absent  
a distant look     
     (C14: from Latin distare to be distant, from dis-1 + stare to stand)  
  distantly      adv  
  distantness      n  

distant early warning  
      n   a U.S. radar detection system to warn of missile attack  
   See also       DEW line  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    abroad, afar, far, faraway, far-flung, far-off, outlying, out-of-the-way, remote, removed  
2    apart, disparate, dispersed, distinct, scattered, separate  
3    aloof, at arm's length, ceremonious, cold, cool, formal, haughty, reserved, restrained, reticent, standoffish, stiff, unapproachable, unfriendly, withdrawn  
4    faint, indirect, indistinct, obscure, slight, uncertain  
1 & 2    adjacent, adjoining, at hand, close, handy, imminent, just round the corner, near, nearby, neighbouring, nigh, proximate, within sniffing distance     (informal)  
3    close, friendly, intimate, warm  

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