distance

Distance is an amount of space between things. From a distance, it's hard to tell if someone's wearing a vampire costume or just a chic black outfit.

The noun distance usually refers to physical space in between two objects, like the distance between your parking spot and the entrance to the mall. It can also mean an interval in time, like a distance of two years since you graduated. Another meaning of distance is remoteness, like the distance between you and a close friend who doesn't talk to you much these days. The Latin root is distantia, "a standing apart."

Definitions of distance
  1. noun
    the property created by the space between two objects or points
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    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, farness, remoteness
    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 (or to be 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
    interval, separation
    the distance between things
    remove
    degree of figurative distance or separation
    yardage
    distance measured in the aggregate number of yards
    hour, minute
    distance measured by the time taken to cover it
    milage, mileage
    distance measured in miles
    elevation
    distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)
    hour angle
    the angular distance along the celestial equator from the observer's meridian to the hour circle of a given celestial body
    far cry
    distance estimated in terms of the audibility of a cry
    propinquity, proximity
    the property of being close together
    adjacency, contiguity, contiguousness
    the attribute of being so near as to be touching
    elevation
    (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump
    clearance
    the distance by which one thing clears another; the space between them
    isometry
    equality of elevation above sea level
    altitude, height
    elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
    grade, ground level
    the height of the ground on which something stands
    water level
    the level of the surface of a body of water
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    spacing, spatial arrangement
    the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them
  2. noun
    size of the gap between two places
    “the distance from New York to Chicago”
    synonyms: length
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    leg
    (nautical) 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 (or radio waves)
    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
    wingspan, wingspread
    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 (or side if parallel)
    broad gauge
    a railroad track (or its width) broader than the standard 56.5 inches
    narrow gauge
    a railroad track (or its width) narrower than the standard 56.5 inches
    standard gauge
    railroad track having the standard width of 56.5 inches
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    size
    the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
  3. noun
    a distant region
    “I could see it in the distance
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    part, region
    the extended spatial location of something
  4. noun
    the interval between two times
    “the distance from birth to death”
    synonyms: space
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    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  5. noun
    a remote point in time
    “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”
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    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  6. noun
    indifference by personal withdrawal
    “emotional distance
    synonyms: aloofness
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    indifference
    unbiased impartial unconcern
  7. verb
    go far ahead of
    synonyms: outdistance, outstrip
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    leave behind
    depart and not take along
  8. verb
    keep at a distance
    “we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living”
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    hold, keep, maintain
    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
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