Hypertext Webster Gateway: "distance"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Every particle attracts every other with a force . .
. inversely proportioned to the square of the
distance. --Sir I.

2. Remoteness of place; a remote place.

Easily managed from a distance. --W. Irving.

'T is distance lends enchantment to the view. --T.

[He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Distance \Dis"tance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distanced}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Distancing}.]
1. To place at a distance or remotely.

I heard nothing thereof at Oxford, being then miles
distanced thence. --Fuller.

2. To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem

His peculiar art of distancing an object to
aggrandize his space. --H. Miller.

3. To outstrip by as much as a distance (see {Distance}, n.,
3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.

He distanced the most skillful of his
contemporaries. --Milner.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the property created by the space between two objects or
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" [syn: {length}]
4: indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance"
[syn: {aloofness}]
5: the interval between two times; "the distance from birth to
death"; "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes" [syn:
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"
v 1: keep at a distance
2: go far ahead of; "He outdistanced the other runners" [syn: {outdistance},

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