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dis·tance  audio  (dstns) KEY 

  1. The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space.
  2. The fact or condition of being apart in space; remoteness.
  3. Mathematics The length or numerical value of a straight line or curve.
    1. The extent of space between points on a measured course.
    2. The length of a race, especially of a horserace.
    1. A point or area that is far away: "Telephone poles stretched way into a distance I couldn't quite see" (Leigh Allison Wilson).
    2. A depiction of a such a point or area.
  4. A stretch of space without designation of limit; an expanse: a land of few hills and great distances.
  5. The extent of time between two events; an intervening period.
  6. A point removed in time: At a distance of 11 years, his memory of the crime was blurry.
  7. The full period or length of a contest or game: The challenger had never attempted the distance of 12 rounds.
  8. An amount of progress: The curriculum committee is a distance from where it was last month.
  9. Difference or disagreement: The candidates could not be at a greater distance on this issue.
  10. Emotional separateness or reserve; aloofness.
dis·tanced, dis·tanc·ing, dis·tanc·es
  1. To place or keep at or as if at a distance: "To understand Russian strategy ... it is necessary for us to distance ourselves from our own myths and to enter into theirs" (Freeman J. Dyson).
  2. To cause to appear at a distance.
  3. To leave far behind; outrun.

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