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Definition of "distance" []

  • The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space. (noun)
  • The fact or condition of being apart in space; remoteness. (noun)
  • Mathematics The length or numerical value of a straight line or curve. (noun)
  • The extent of space between points on a measured course. (noun)
  • The length of a race, especially of a horserace. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "distance" in a sentence
  • "Coulomb, a Frenchman, is the author of a system of measurements of the electric current, and he it was who discovered that the action of electricity varies, not with the distance, but, like gravity, _in the inverse ratio of the square of the distance_."
  • "As the distance from the horizon to the zenith is 90°, the difference, or _complement_ of the altitude, is called the _zenith distance_, or _co-altitude_."
  • "Thus in the case of any electrified body, acting on an unelectrified body at a distance, it has to be definitely understood that _the action at a distance_ is alone communicated and propagated by the dielectric or medium which exists between the two bodies."