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distance

1 noun
     
dis‧tance1 S2 W2
1

amount of space

[uncountable and countable] the amount of space between two places or things
distance from/between
the distance from Chicago to Detroit
Measure the distance between the two points.
The cottage is some distance (=quite a long distance) from the road.
at a distance of 2 feet/10 metres etc
A shark can smell blood at a distance of half a kilometer.
Some members travelled a considerable distance to attend the meeting.
She felt she had to put some distance between herself and the house (=go quite a long way away from it).
within walking/striking/commuting etc distance (of something) (=near enough for you to reach in a reasonable time)
If you are within striking distance of Speyside, visit the lakes.
stopping/braking distance (=the distance you travel in a car after pressing the brakes before the car stops)
2

far away

[singular] used to talk about a situation when something is far away from you in space or time
in the distance
Church bells rang in the distance (=they were far away).
at/from a distance
We watched from a safe distance (=we were far away).
3

unfriendly feeling

[singular] a situation in which two people do not have a close friendly relationship
distance between
There was still a distance between me and my father.
4

keep your distance

a) to stay far enough away from someone or something to be safe:
A lighthouse on the cliff warns ships to keep their distance.
b) also keep somebody at a distance to avoid becoming too friendly with someone:
The neighbours tend to keep their distance.
5

go the (full) distance

informalDS to finish something you have started:
Do you think Greg will go the distance this time?

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