(noun, verb)


1. the property created by the space between two objects or points

Definition categories: attribute, spacing

2. a distant region

- I could see it in the distance

Definition categories: location, part, region

3. size of the gap between two places

- the distance from New York to Chicago

Similar word(s): length

Definition categories: attribute, size

4. indifference by personal withdrawal

- emotional distance

Similar word(s): aloofness

Definition categories: feeling, indifference

5. the interval between two times

- the distance from birth to death

Similar word(s): space

Definition categories: time, interval

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

Definition categories: time, point

Sentences with distance as a noun:

- The distance to Petersborough is thirty miles.  There is a long distance between Moscow and Vladivostok.

- We're narrowing the distance between the two versions of the bill.  The distance between the lowest and next gear on my bicycle is annoying.

- the distance between a descendant and his ancestor

- He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance.

- The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance.


1. keep at a distance

- we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living

Definition categories: stative, hold, keep, maintain

2. go far ahead of

- He outdistanced the other runners

Similar word(s): outdistance, outstrip

Definition categories: motion

Sentences with distance as a verb:

- He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues.