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distance

1. Geometry
a. the length of the shortest line segment joining two points
b. the length along a straight line or curve
2. Horse racing
a. Brit a point on a racecourse 240 yards from the winning post
b. Brit any interval of more than 20 lengths between any two finishers in a race
c. US the part of a racecourse that a horse must reach in any heat before the winner passes the finishing line in order to qualify for later heats
3. go the distance Boxing to complete a bout without being knocked out
4. the distant parts of a picture, such as a landscape
5. middle distance
a. (in a picture) halfway between the foreground and the horizon
b. (in a natural situation) halfway between the observer and the horizon
6. Athletics relating to or denoting the longer races, usually those longer than a mile

Distance

 

distance in depth between servicemen, guns, vehicles, and subunits or units (ships) when formed in ranks, on the march (cruise), or in combat formation and also between aircraft when flying in formation or in a combat formation.


Distance

 

an important geometric concept whose meaning depends on the kind of entities for which it is defined. The distance between two points is the length of the line segment joining the points. The distance from a point to a line or a plane is the length of the perpendicular from this point to the line or plane. The distance between two parallel lines or planes is the length of a common perpendicular to the lines or planes. The distance between two nonintersecting nonparallel lines in space is equal to the distance between the parallel planes in which the lines lie—that is, the length of the line segment that joins the lines and is perpendicular to both.

distance

[′dis·təns]
(mathematics)
A nonnegative number associated with pairs of geometric objects.
The spatial separation of two points, measured by the length of a hypothetical line joining them.
For two parallel lines, two skew lines, or two parallel planes, the length of a line joining the two objects and perpendicular to both.
For a point and a line or plane, the length of the perpendicular from the point to the line or plane.
(mechanics)
The spatial separation of two points, measured by the length of a hypothetical line joining them.
References in classic literature ?
The mean distance from the Atlantic to the Mississippi does not probably exceed seven hundred and fifty miles.
41421 (or at some lesser distance), from the centres of the six surrounding spheres in the same layer; and at the same distance from the centres of the adjoining spheres in the other and parallel layer; then, if planes of intersection between the several spheres in both layers be formed, there will result a double layer of hexagonal prisms united together by pyramidal bases formed of three rhombs; and the rhombs and the sides of the hexagonal prisms will have every angle identically the same with the best measurements which have been made of the cells of the hive-bee.
So, too, is it impossible to conjecture just what her emotions may have been as she discerned the lights of a flier speeding rapidly out of the distance from that very direction, as though impelled toward her garden by the very intensity of the princess' thoughts.
Upon a great island which lies in the Sojar Az, but a short distance from our shores, a wicked man has collected a great band of outcast warriors of all tribes.
When I was at some distance from the pirates, I discovered, by my pocket-glass, several islands to the south-east.

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