distance

noun
1 amount of space between two points
ADJECTIVE
considerable, enormous, fair, good, great, huge, large, long, vast

The town is a considerable distance from the coast.

It's quite a good distance to the nearest town.

The people travel vast distances to find food.

short, small
reasonable
certain, given
average, mean

the average distance covered during pursuits by cheetahs

equal
maximum, minimum
optimal (AmE), optimum
correct, right
exact
estimated
full
extra
fixed
varying
infinite
comfortable, discreet, respectful, safe

The cat sat and watched us from a safe distance.

braking (esp. BrE), stopping

Allow for greater stopping distances when pulling a loaded trailer.

geographic (esp. AmE), geographical (esp. BrE), physical

These immigrants face problems of physical distance.

VERB + DISTANCE
cover, cross, go, move, travel, traverse

He moved a short distance up the valley.

The spacecraft has the ability to traverse great distances.

Nobody thought he would last 15 rounds but he went the full distance. (figurative)

drive, fly, swim, walk, etc.

The young birds were soon flying distances of 200 feet or more.

She sprinted the entire distance.

bridge, span

The arch spans a distance of 285 feet.

keep, maintain

I kept a comfortable distance behind the van.

close, shorten

He was gradually closing the distance between himself and the other runners.

calculate, determine, measure
estimate, gauge, judge

It is very difficult to judge distances in the desert.

DISTANCE + NOUN
runner, swimmer

a champion distance swimmer

running
PREPOSITION
at a distance

She followed them at a discreet distance.

at a distance from

When launching a kick, it is essential to be at the correct distance from your opponent.

at a distance of

The town is situated at a distance of twenty miles from Porto.

from a distance (of)

Visitors can only view the painting from a distance of three yards.

over a distance (of)

The sound can be heard over a distance of more than five miles.

within a distance

children living within a certain distance of the school

distance away from

The house is a short distance away from the bus station.

distance between

What's the distance between London and Edinburgh?

distance from
distance to

the distance from our house to the school

PHRASES
a … distance ahead, away, apart, etc., some distance ahead, away, apart, etc.

The leaders in the race were a considerable distance ahead.

A bomb exploded some distance away.

within commuting distance, within driving distance, within walking distance

The bars are within walking distance.

within shouting distance, within spitting distance, within striking distance, within touching distance (esp. BrE)

The cat was now within striking distance of the duck.

We came within spitting distance of winning the cup. (figurative)

2 point a long way away/being far away
ADJECTIVE
far, middle

I could just see the hills in the far distance.

VERB + DISTANCE
gaze (off) into, look (off) into, stare (off) into
stretch (off) into

The road stretches off into the distance.

DISTANCE + NOUN
education (AmE), learning

The college offers a wide range of distance-learning courses.

vision

to have good distance vision

PREPOSITION
at a distance

At a distance it is difficult to make out the detail on the building.

from a distance

We admired the palace from a distance.

in the distance

In the distance was a small town.

3 not being too closely involved
ADJECTIVE
critical, professional
emotional, psychological, social
VERB + DISTANCE
keep, maintain

She was warned to keep her distance from Jay if she didn't want to get hurt.

Sociologists must maintain critical distance from the ideas of society at any particular time.

PREPOSITION
distance from

He felt a sense of distance from the others.

PHRASES
a sense of distance

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  • Distance — Dis tance, n. [F. distance, L. distantia.] 1. The space between two objects; the length of a line, especially the shortest line joining two points or things that are separate; measure of separation in place. [1913 Webster] Every particle attracts …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distance — [dis′təns] n. [ME distaunce < OFr distance < L distantia < distans, prp. of distare, to stand apart < dis , apart + stare, STAND] 1. the fact or condition of being separated or removed in space or time; remoteness 2. a gap, space, or… …   English World dictionary

  • distance — DISTANCE. s. fém. L espace, l intervalle d un lieu à un autre. La distance des lieux. La distance d une ville à l autre. [b]f♛/b] On le dit aussi Du temps. La distance des temps. Il y a une grande distance depuis l Empire des Assyriens jusqu à l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • distance — DISTANCE. s. f. L espace, l intervalle qu il y a d un lieu à un autre. La distance des lieux. la distance qu il y a d un lieu à un autre. On le dit aussi du temps. La distance des temps. il y a une grande distance depuis l Empire des Assiriens… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • distancé — distancé, ée (di stan sé, sée) adj. Dépassé à la course. Ce cheval d abord distancé par les autres coureurs.    Fig. Distancé dans la carrière des honneurs par des compétiteurs plus heureux.    Absolument. Un cheval distancé. Vous serez distancé …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Distance — Dis tance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distancing}.] 1. To place at a distance or remotely. [1913 Webster] I heard nothing thereof at Oxford, being then miles distanced thence. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to appear as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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