Meaning of DISTANCE in English



1. the distance between one place or point and another

2. to continue for a particular distance


a long distance : ↑ FAR

a short distance : ↑ NEAR


1. the distance between one place or point and another

▷ distance /ˈdɪstəns/ [countable/uncountable noun]

how far it is from one place to another :

distance from something to something

▪ What is the distance from New York to Miami?

the distance between something and something

▪ Measure the distance between the window and the door.

▪ the distance between the earth and the sun

▷ how far /ˌhaʊ ˈfɑːʳ/ [adverb]

use this to ask what the distance is between where you are and another place :

▪ ‘How far is Newark?’ ‘It’s about 200 miles.’

how far is it to...?

▪ How far is it to the nearest gas station?

▷ from /frəm, strong frɒmǁfrəm, strong frʌm, frɑːm/ [preposition]

if one place is 10 kilometres/30 miles/20 minutes etc from another place, that is the distance between the two places, or the time it takes to get from one to the other :

▪ Seattle is about 100 miles from the Canadian border.

▪ The junior high school is five minutes from our house.

▪ She was standing just a couple of metres from the edge of the cliff.

▷ away /əˈweɪ/ [adverb]

if a place or person is 10 kilometres/30 miles/20 minutes etc away, they are that distance from where you are, or it takes that amount of time to travel there :

▪ The nearest village was about 20 miles away.

▪ Toronto’s only about an hour and a half away by car.

away from

▪ The station is about two miles away from the city centre.

▪ He was standing three metres away from the bomb when it exploded.

▷ off /ɒfǁɔːf/ [adverb]

if something is 10 kilometres/30 metres etc off, that is how far it is from you or from the place you are talking about :

▪ The nearest town is fifteen kilometres off.

▪ The robbers must be a long way off by now.

▪ We were still several miles off, but you could already see a glow in the sky from the lights of the city.

▷ apart /əˈpɑːʳt/ [adverb]

if two places, objects, or people are three miles, two centimetres etc apart, that is the distance between them :

▪ The seeds should be planted a few inches apart.

▪ The two towns are fifteen miles apart.

▪ We were standing a few feet apart from each other.

well apart

wide apart

▪ Stand on the skis with your feet well apart.

far apart

a long way apart

▪ The National Weather Service is forecasting snow in cities as far apart as Atlanta, Boston, and Cleveland.

▷ a long/short way /ə ˌlɒŋ, ˌʃɔːʳt ˈweɪǁ-ˌlɔːŋ-/

use this to say how far one place is from another or from where you are :

a long/short way from

▪ California is a long way from Georgia.

▪ Only a short way from the buildings is the impressive entrance to Bruntscar Cave.

a long/short way away

▪ Oxford is just a short way away. You can make the drive in under an hour.

2. to continue for a particular distance

▷ extend/stretch /ɪkˈstend, stretʃ/ [intransitive verb]

to continue over a particular distance, especially a long distance :

extend/stretch around/over/through etc

▪ The desert stretches over five different countries.

▪ From the corner of the terrace the path extended down to the sea.

stretch from something to something

▪ The valley stretches from Vassai in the north to Momere in the southwest.

extend/stretch for

▪ The estuary stretches for over 100 miles.

▷ range /reɪndʒ/ [countable/uncountable noun]

the distance that something can travel over or reach :

range of

▪ The rockets have a range of 4000 km.

▪ A typical radio signal has a range of about 100 miles.

within range

at a distance that is less than the range

▪ As soon as the tanks came within range, the soldiers opened fire.

out of range

at a distance greater than the range

▪ The enemy were just out of range of our cannon.

▪ The demonstrators were hurling rocks but the police stayed out of range.

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