[ UK /dˈɪstənt/ ]
[ US /ˈdɪstənt/ ]
  1. far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship
    a remote relative
    considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics
    a distant cousin
    a distant likeness
  2. located far away spatially
    remote stars
    distant lands
  3. separated in space or coming from or going to a distance
    the sound of distant traffic
    distant villages
    a distant sound
    a distant telephone call
  4. separate or apart in time
    the remote past or future
    distant events
  5. remote in manner
    a distant smile
    he was upstage with strangers
    stood apart with aloof dignity
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How To Use distant In A Sentence

  • Hassan in frequently going to sleep in one town, to awake in another far distant, but without the benighted Oriental's surprise at the transfer, the afrit who performed this prodigy being a steam-engine, and the magician it obeyed the human mind. Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873
  • Vibrations from instruments such as the talking drum or the didgeridoo, or even from foot-stomping dances, may have spoken volumes to distant, unshod listeners.
  • In these two cases, the UK is exactly equidistant from the tolerance of France and the censoriousness of the US.
  • By recording the spectra of several distant quasars whose light pierces the Milky Way, the spacecraft revealed some 50 ultraviolet-absorbing gas clouds around our galaxy.
  • My hair was matted and wild -- my limbs soiled with salt ooze; while at sea, I had thrown off those of my garments that encumbered me, and the rain drenched the thin summer-clothing I had retained -- my feet were bare, and the stunted reeds and broken shells made them bleed -- the while, I hurried to and fro, now looking earnestly on some distant rock which, islanded in the sands, bore for a moment a deceptive appearance -- now with flashing eyes reproaching the murderous ocean for its unutterable cruelty. III.9
  • The magic of the elves is a twilight thing, the sound of distant silver horns, a fairy gold that turns to dust by noonday, and it is meant to chide the pride of foolish mortal men. MIND MELD: Today's SF Authors Define Science Fiction (Part 2)
  • Those two weak boys are distant relations.
  • Even the plural in their name seems to make them extend farther into a distant romantic haze.
  • Electoral victory is just a distant mirage.
  • At night, down on the water, they seem just beyond grasp, unreachably distant, like the past itself.
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