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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dis"tance
  1. The space between two objects; the length of a line, especially the shortest line joining two points or things that are separate; measure of separation in place."Every particle attracts every other with a force . . . inversely proportioned to the square of the distance." [Sir I. Newton.]
  2. Remoteness of place; a remote place."Easily managed from a distance." [W. Irving.]"'T is distance lends enchantment to the view." [T. Campbell.]"He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato." [Addison.]
  3. [Racing] A space marked out in the last part of a race course."The horse that ran the whole field out of distance." [L'Estrange.]
  4. [Mil] Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; -- contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left." Distancebetween companies in close column is twelve yards." [Farrow.]
  5. Space between two antagonists in fencing.
  6. [Painting] The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.
  7. Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.
  8. Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events."Ten years' distance between one and the other." [Prior.]"The writings of Euclid at the distance of two thousand years." [Playfair.]
  9. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness."I hope your modesty Will know what distance to the crown is due." [Dryden.]"'T is by respect and distance that authority is upheld." [Atterbury.]
  10. A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve."Setting them [factions] at distance, or at least distrust amongst themselves." [Bacon.]"On the part of Heaven, Now alienated, distance and distaste." [Milton.]
  11. Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor.
  12. [Mus] The interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh."If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is he keeps his at the same time." [Swift.]

Note: ☞ In trotting matches under the rules of the American Association, the distance varies with the conditions of the race, being 80 yards in races of mile heats, best two in three, and 150 yards in races of two-mile heats. At that distance from the winning post is placed the distance post. If any horse has not reached this distance post before the first horse in that heat has reached the winning post, such horse is distanced, and disqualified for running again during that race.

Note: ☞ In a picture, the Middle distance is the central portion between the foreground and the distance or the extreme distance. In a perspective drawing, the Point of distance is the point where the visual rays meet.

Etymology: F. distance, L. distantia

verb Dis"tance
  1. To place at a distance or remotely."I heard nothing thereof at Oxford, being then miles distanced thence." [Fuller.]
  2. To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote."His peculiar art of distancing an object to aggrandize his space." [H. Miller.]
  3. To outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance (n.), 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly."He distanced the most skillful of his contemporaries." [Milner.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The property created by the space between two objects or points
  2. Size of the gap between two places ("the distance from New York to Chicago")
  3. Indifference by personal withdrawal ("emotional distance")
  4. A distant region ("I could see it in the distance")
  5. The interval between two times ("the distance from birth to death")
  6. A remote point in time ("if that happens it will be at some distance in the future" and "at a distance of ten years he had forgotten many of the details")
  7. Go far ahead of ("He outdistanced the other runners")
  8. Keep at a distance ("we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living")

From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin distantia (“distance, remoteneness, difference”), from distāns, present participle of distō (“I stand apart, I am separate, distant, or different”), from di-, dis- (“apart”) + stō (“I stand”).

  1. (countable) The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
    The to Petersborough is thirty miles.  There is a long between Moscow and Vladivostok.
  2. Length or interval of time.
  3. (countable, informal) The difference; the subjective measure between two quantities.
    We're narrowing the between the two versions of the bill.  The between the lowest and next gear on my bicycle is annoying.
  4. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
  5. Remoteness in succession or relation.
    the between a descendant and his ancestor
  6. A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.
  7. (uncountable, figuratively) The entire amount of progress to an objective.
    He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the .
  8. (uncountable, figuratively) A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.
    The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a .
  9. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.

distance was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, and Latvian

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Distance U.S.
  White 6.36% 64.26%
  African American 89.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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  • How Popular is the name Distance? As a last name Distance was the 149,395th most popular name in 2010.
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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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