distant
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin distant-, distans, present participle of distare to stand apart, be distant, from dis- + stare to stand — more at stand Date: 14th century 1. a. separated in space ; away <
a mile distant
>
b. situated at a great distance ; far-off <
a distant galaxy
>
c. separated by a great distance from each other ; far apart d. far behind <
finished a distant third
>
2. separated in a relationship other than spatial <
a distant cousin
>
<
the distant past
>
3. different in kind <
from two very distant backgrounds
>
4. reserved or aloof in personal relationship ; cold <
was distant and distracted
>
5. a. going a long distance <
distant voyages
>
b. concerned with remote things <
distant thoughts
>
distantly adverbdistantness noun

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