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Definition of 'distance'


  1. the property created by the space between two objects or points
  2. a distant region; "I could see it in the distance"
  3. size of the gap between two places; "the distance from New York to Chicago"; "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
       Synonyms: length
  4. indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance"
       Synonyms: aloofness
  5. the interval between two times; "the distance from birth to death"; "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"
       Synonyms: space
  6. 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"


  1. keep at a distance; "we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"
  2. go far ahead of; "He outdistanced the other runners"
       Synonyms: outdistance outstrip

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