distant

Definitions

  • May watched the water-logged craft as it vanished under a distant bridge
    May watched the water-logged craft as it vanished under a distant bridge
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj distant located far away spatially "distant lands","remote stars"
    • adj distant separate or apart in time "distant events","the remote past or future"
    • adj distant separated in space or coming from or going to a distance "distant villages","the sound of distant traffic","a distant sound","a distant telephone call"
    • adj distant far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship "a distant cousin","a remote relative","a distant likeness","considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics"
    • adj distant remote in manner "stood apart with aloof dignity","a distant smile","he was upstage with strangers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: New York City has the most skyscrapers of any city in the world with 140. Chicago is a distant second at 68. The term "skyscraper" technically describes all habitable buildings with a height of more than 500 ft (152m).
    • Distant Far separated; far off; not near; remote; -- in place, time, consanguinity, or connection; as, distant times; distant relatives. "The success of these distant enterprises."
    • Distant Indistinct; faint; obscure, as from distance. "Some distant knowledge.""A distant glimpse."
    • Distant Not conformable; discrepant; repugnant; as, a practice so widely distant from Christianity.
    • Distant Reserved or repelling in manners; cold; not cordial; somewhat haughty; as, a distant manner. "He passed me with a distant bow."
    • Distant Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away. "One board had two tenons, equally distant .""Diana's temple is not distant far."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distant To keep separate; distinguish.
    • distant Standing or being apart from a given point or place; situated at a different point in space, or, by extension, in time; separated by a distance: as, a point a line or a hair's-breadth distant from another; Saturn is estimated to be about 880,000,000 miles distant from the sun.
    • distant Remote; far off or far apart in space, time, connection, prospect, kind, degree, sound, etc.: as, distant stars; a distant period; distant relatives; a distant hope; a distant resemblance.
    • distant Specifically.
    • distant In entomology: Thinly placed or scattered: as, distant punctures, striæ, spines, etc.: opposed to close, contiguous, etc.
    • distant Widely separated, or more separated than usual: opposed to approximate: as, distant eyes (widely separated at the base); distant legs or antennæ.
    • distant Separated by an incisure or joint, as the head and thorax of a beetle.
    • distant Indirect; not obvious or plain.
    • distant Not cordial or familiar; characterized by haughtiness, coldness, or reserve; cool; reserved; shy: as, distant manners.
    • distant Synonyms Removed. Cool, cold, haughty, frigid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Distant dis′tant at a certain distance: remote, in time, place, or connection: not obvious: indistinct: reserved in manner
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Quotations

  • Helmut Schmidt
    Helmut Schmidt
    “Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.”
  • William Ellery Channing
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    “God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.”
  • John Dryden
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    “To die is landing on some distant shore.”
  • Andy Rooney
    Andy Rooney
    “Death is a distant rumor to the young.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Enthusiasm is a telescope that yanks the misty, distant future into the radiant, tangible present.”
  • John W. Gardner
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    “It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. distans, -antis, p. pr. of distare, to stand apart, be separate or distant; dis-, + stare, to stand. See Stand
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. distans, -tantisdis, apart, stans, stantis, pr.p. of stāre, to stand.

Usage

In literature:

And they and the pile of ingots, instead of being close to me, were more distant than I had thought.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
My eyes wander from one to the other; some distant recollections stir within me.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
I could not have been asleep many minutes when I felt sensible of a strange noise, like distant thunder, or the roaring of a waterfall.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The nearest point with which we expected to fall in with the buffalo was two hundred miles distant.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
There are moments when it is distant.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Over the crest of a ridge some thirty yards distant came a large body of men.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
Then Brick suddenly gave a sharp cry, and pointed to a spot on the shore, some fifty yards distant.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
An always interesting event at sea is the sighting of a distant ship.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
In a distant part of the field two machines were rushing wildly about.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
We can trace in some of the tribes customs and notions which have been derived from those of far-distant nations.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Elephants figured prominently in our trip to the old city of Amber, five miles distant, and the former capital of Rajputana.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
Their mansion stood on a rising ground but a few miles distant from the lake.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The noise made by the water was not very distant, and sounded like the roaring of "rapids," or the rush of a "fall.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
A moment he paused to listen, then set off on the run for the old yard semaphore, dimly discernible a hundred yards distant.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
That black mountain range, which looked close enough to ride to before dark, was a hundred miles distant.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Stopping, and shading his eyes with his hand, he gazed intently at the distant vessel.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Cochino is a small island, distant only a few miles from San Carlos.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The vast prairies of the Mississippi Valley are covered with fields of waving grain, much of which is shipped to distant regions.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
At noon we had run 95 miles, and Trincomalee was 244 miles distant.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
We saw him again, out in a distant patch of Earthlight.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

A peal of
distant thunder!
The North’s
in total wonder
"The Gold Horns" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
Down the quiet eve,
Thro' my window with the sunset
Pipes to me a distant organ
Foolish ditties;
"Music" by William Ernest Henley
In the quiet eve
I am loitering, longing, dreaming . . .
Dreaming, and a distant organ
Pipes me ditties.
"Music" by William Ernest Henley
So, too, I send my glance
On distant scenes to dwell;
I see in torturing trance
The night of our farewell.
"Early Away" by Eduard Morike
And yet he roams in distant vales,
New wine he seeks !
If he comes not, the jasmine pales,
And I, and all !
"Song of the Restless Stream" by Habba Khatoon
I had a friend who went away
Over the distant sea,
But hill and tide can never hide
His gentle face from me.
"Distances" by Charles Hanson Towne

In news:

But they remain distant on the tax issue, and one cannot be settled without the other.
Given that Rafael Nadal is the overwhelming favorite to win the French Open, and Roger Federer is hands down the distant second favorite, any dark horses are more like dark, dark, dark horses.
Less expected is what was running a not-too-distant second: nothing.
That's a distant memory as she and the other London-bound rowers typically hit the sack by 9 p.m. "We are not very wild creatures at this point in our life," she said.
Carbon Dioxide (No S.U.V. 's) Detected on Distant Planet.
With long fangs, long snout and big eyes, it sheds light on diversity of our distant ancestors.
St Francis Xavier, the patron of distant missions, survived the great flood that followed Hurricane Katrina, and has returned home after five years away.
TRIPOLI, LIBYA — In the 14 years that Islamic activist Saad al-Eshouli spent in a small cell in one of the most notorious prisons of Moammar Gaddafi's Libya, the outside world had become a distant memory.
In his prepared remarks, Cardoso said the honor was completely unexpected for a scholar from a distant country once thought of as on the "periphery" among world powers.
If the telescope works as planned, it will give scientists their first unobstructed views into the enigmatic hearts of distant galaxies.
That's what a voice actor did to overdub a shriek for the 1951 film Distant Drums.
Our distant ancestors had one.
When it comes to the past, give it to me distant and pale.
A smaller flotilla of oil skimmers was back at work along the Gulf coast Saturday, after being forced to stand down for several days because of nasty weather whipped up by distant Hurricane Alex.
All that seems a distant memory now.
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In science:

The proper treatment of this phenomenon is made possible by the fact just mentioned that the photons travelling in space between distant bodies of reference follow quasiclassical tra jectories, i.e. move on zero geodesics.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
This could have been particularly relevant for investigations of the distant universe, given the large uncertainties implied by the (pobably large) extinction corrections in optical spectra of high redshift galaxies (e.g.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The most distant are also quite faint in the optical.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Particularly relevant information comes from the mid-IR samples selected from the CAM GITES and HDF surveys in the LW3 (12-18 µm) filter, because they include the faintest, most distant and most numerous ISO-detected sources.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The good match to the multi-wavelength counts obtained by assuming a typical starburst spectrum for the evolving population already indicates that the faint IR-selected source population is likely dominated by processes of star-formation in distant galaxies more than by AGN emissions.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
All mentioned exploratory surveys of the distant universe have indicated that the overall volume emissivity of galaxies at long wavelengths drastically increases as a function of redshift, to explain the very steep observed multi-wavelength counts and the redshift distributions showing substantial high-z tails.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The abundance of elliptical, S0 and spiral galaxies in clusters is presented as a function of redshift comparing the results of the HST distant cluster studies with new data at z ∼ 0.2 and with the standard local comparison samples.
Galactic Morphologies in Distant Clusters
Observations of distant clusters have proven that important changes in cluster galaxies have taken place at a relatively recent cosmological epoch between z≥ 0.2 and z=0.
Galactic Morphologies in Distant Clusters
The Magellanic Clouds contain the most distant population of radio pulsars observable with current technology.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
Conducting optical identification programs of ROSAT X-ray sources, they found 15 background ob jects in the direction of the Small Magellanic Cloud and 11 towards the LMC involving also clusters of galaxies and individual distant galaxies.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
The strain to be measured by a distant detector is simply defined.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
The techniques for studying star clusters that can be resolved into individual stars are much different than the techniques available for studying more distant clusters.
The Formation of Star Clusters
The propagation of distant noise sources to the receiver is a strong function of frequency and of solar activity.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
In our case we may be able to investigate sudden enhancements of the signals of distant television signals (on Channels 3, 6, 8, and 12) correlated with receipt of a large-event trigger.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
Since the size of the wavefunction describing a given matrix theory ob ject will depend on N but not on the separation from a distant ob ject, this gives a systematic approximation scheme in which the bound state and wavefunction effects for each of the bodies can be ignored in the perturbative analysis.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
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