• noun: the amount of space between two places or things
  • noun: separation in time
  • verb: to show that you are not involved with someone or something
  • verb: to place or keep at a distance
  • often used figuratively
  • synonyms: discrepancy, contrariety, ceremoniousness


  • They were almost 'within striking distance' of their goal. = Their goal was almost 'within striking distance'. [=they were close to achieving their goal]

  • He spotted the group 'at a distance of' one mile. [=he saw the group when they were one mile away from him]

  • ('Brit') The book is better than the movie 'by some distance'. [=the book is much better than the movie]

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) with this melon? Get that dog! Mr. Peabody, how did you escape? It's simple, Sherman. I noticed the distance between the sewer lids... directly under the guillotine platform... noted the loose board under the basket... (..)
    2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman