distant

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[dis┬Ětant]

Distant describes something that's far away, like another planet, a ship far out at sea, or the cousin who never calls or shows up for family events.

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Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.

Adjective S.
far distant in space; "distant lands"; "remote stars"; "a remote outpost of civilization"; "a hideaway far removed from towns and cities"

Adjective S.
far distant in time; "distant events"; "the remote past or future"; "a civilization ten centuries removed from modern times"

Adjective
separated in space or time or coming from or going to a distance; "the distant past"; "distant villages"; "the sound of distant traffic"; "a distant sound"; "a distant telephone call"

Adjective
far apart in relevance or relationship; "a distant cousin"; "a distant likeness"

Adjective S.
remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers"

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Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.

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Far separated; far off; not near; remote; -- in place, time, consanguinity, or connection; as, distant times; distant relatives.

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Reserved or repelling in manners; cold; not cordial; somewhat haughty; as, a distant manner.

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Indistinct; faint; obscure, as from distance.

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Not conformable; discrepant; repugnant; as, a practice so widely distant from Christianity.


Distant

Dis"tant , a. [F., fr. L. distans, -antis, p. pr. of distare to stand apart, be separate or distant; dis- + stare to stand. See Stand.] 1. Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.
One board had two tenons, equally distant.
Diana's temple is not distant far.
2. Far separated; far off; not near; remote; -- in place, time, consanguinity, or connection; as, distant times; distant relatives.
The success of these distant enterprises.
3. Reserved or repelling in manners; cold; not cordial; somewhat haughty; as, a distant manner.
He passed me with a distant bow.
4. Indistinct; faint; obscure, as from distance.
Some distant knowledge.
A distant glimpse.
5. Not conformable; discrepant; repugnant; as, a practice so widely distant from Christianity. Syn. -- Separate; far; remote; aloof; apart; asunder; slight; faint; indirect; indistinct.

Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.

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Usage Examples

As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.

I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.

Death is a distant rumor to the young.

Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.

I certainly feel that the time is not far distant when a knowledge of the principles of diet will be an essential part of one's education. Then mankind will eat to live, be able to do better mental and physical work and disease will be less frequent.

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Other Usage Examples

Dreaming of a tomorrow, which tomorrow, will be as distant then as 'tis today.

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world.

I look forward to a time, in the not so distant future, when we no longer look forward to 'firsts' as milestones women have yet to achieve, but we look back on them as historic events that continue to teach and inspire.

All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved.

For all their current prestige, Osama bin Laden and the suicide bombers are still regarded in all but the most desperate districts of Gaza or Peshawar as romantics with little chance of more than symbolic victories, however bloody and brutal. That gives both the Middle East and the West a small and distant hope of security.

I was glad to hear of that determination as I detest the practice of cousins marrying or any marriage between persons in which there can be traced the most distant relationship. I go for the improvement instead of the deterioration of our race.

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