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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISTANCE

These gradually died away in the distance, and were heard no more.

In the distance they could see the others following ghostly lamps.

He had seen her only at a distance since their talk at Newport.

Reached the pool found by me on the 24th; distance seventeen miles.

The Surveyor-General and a party accompanied us for some distance along the road.

It was simply impossible to judge with any accuracy of the distance of the ship.

Gracie, shielded by the distance, turned on her stool and studied him.

His notions of time and distance are often not in the very least to be relied on.

It was about a quarter of a mile to our house; we walked the distance in unbroken silence.

The biru was the distance which a man would travel in two hours.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "quarrel, estrangement, discord, strife," from Old French destance (13c.), from Latin distantia "a standing apart," from distantem (nominative distans) "standing apart, separate, distant," present participle of distare "stand apart," from dis- "apart, off" (see dis-) + stare "to stand" (see stet).

Meaning "remoteness, space between things or places" is late 14c. The figurative sense of "aloofness" is the same as in stand-offish. Phrase go the distance (1930s) seems to be originally from the prize ring, where the word meant "scheduled length of a bout."

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