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noun distance pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪstəns/
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singulardistance
pluraldistances
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the amount of space between two people or things
    distance from:

    It is important to consider distance from public transport when buying a house.

    distance to:

    They started to walk the short distance to the camp.

    distance of:

    a distance of five miles

    some/a good/a considerable distance:

    His parents live some distance away.

    long distances:

    He’s used to driving long distances.

    at a distance of:

    Altair, at a distance of 17 light-years, is one of the closest of the bright stars.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] the amount of time between two points in time

      A definitive cure is still some distance away.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the fact that two people or things are far apart from each other

      The distance has never been a problem for our relationship.

  2. 3
    [uncountable] great differences between two people or things

    the social distance between farmers and farm workers

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