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Definition of Distance


  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.
  2. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
  3. A space marked out in the last part of a race course.
  4. Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; -- contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left.
  5. Space between two antagonists in fencing.
  6. The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
  7. Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
  8. Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events.
  9. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
  10. A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.
  11. Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor.
  12. The interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh.
  13. To place at a distance or remotely.
  14. To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote.
  15. To outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.

Distance Quotations

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.
Charles Lindbergh

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
Gary Ryan Blair

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Bruce Feirstein

A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it. - Zora Neale Hurston
A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it.
Zora Neale Hurston
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Distance Translations

distance in Afrikaans is afstand
distance in Danish is afstand
distance in Dutch is afstand, eind
distance in German is Entfernung {f}, Abstand {m}
distance in Italian is spazio, ablazione
distance in Latin is loginquitas
distance in Norwegian is avstand, distanse
distance in Spanish is alejamiento, distancia, lontananza
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