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English noun: distance

1. distance (attribute) the property created by the space between two objects or points

Broader (hypernym)spacing, spatial arrangement

Narrower (hyponym)closeness, elevation, farawayness, farness, focal distance, focal length, hour, hour angle, hyperfocal distance, interval, leap, mean distance, milage, mileage, minute, nearness, piece, remoteness, remove, separation, span, wavelength, way, wheelbase, yardage

Attributeclose, close, distant, far, near, nigh

2. distance (location) a distant region

SamplesI could see it in the distance.

Broader (hypernym)part, region

3. distance (attribute) size of the gap between two places

SamplesThe distance from New York to Chicago.
He determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points.


Broader (hypernym)size

Narrower (hyponym)altitude, arm's length, gauge, leg, light time, skip distance, wingspan, wingspread, wingspread

4. distance (feeling) indifference by personal withdrawal

SamplesEmotional distance.


Broader (hypernym)indifference

5. distance (time) the interval between two times

SamplesThe distance from birth to death.
It all happened in the space of 10 minutes.


Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval

6. distance (time) a remote point in time

SamplesIf that happens it will be at some distance in the future.
At a distance of ten years he had forgotten many of the details.

Broader (hypernym)point, point in time

English verb: distance

1. distance (stative) keep at a distance

SamplesWe have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hold, keep, maintain

2. distance (motion) go far ahead of

SamplesHe outdistanced the other runners.

Synonymsoutdistance, outstrip

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)leave behind

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