Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
-antis, p. pr. of
distareto stand apart, be separate or distant;
stareto stand. See
Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.
One board had two tenons, equally
Ex. xxxvi. 22.
Diana’s temple is not
Far separated; far off; not near; remote; – in place, time, consanguinity, or connection;
The success of these
Reserved or repelling in manners; cold; not cordial; somewhat haughty;
He passed me with a
Indistinct; faint; obscure, as from distance.
Syn. – Separate; far; remote; aloof; apart; asunder; slight; faint; indirect; indistinct.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Separate; having an intervening space of any indefinite extent. One point may be less than a line or a hairs breadth distant from another. Saturn is supposed to be nearly nine hundred million miles distant from the sun.
2.Remote in place; as, a distant object appears under a small angle.
3.Remote in time, past or future; as a distant age or period of the world.
4.Remote in the line of succession or descent, indefinitely; as a distant descendant; a distant ancestor; distant posterity.
5.Remote in natural connection or consanguinity; as a distant relation; distant kindred; a distant collateral line.
6.Remote in nature; not allied; not agreeing with or in conformity to; as practice very distant from principles or profession.
7.Remote in view; slight; faint; not very likely to be realized; as, we have a distant hope or prospect of seeing better times.
8.Remote in connection; slight; faint; indirect; not easily seen or understood; as a distant hint or allusion to a person or subject. So also we say, a distant idea; a distant thought; a distant resemblance.
9.Reserved; shy; implying haughtiness, coldness of affection, indifference, or disrespect; as, the manners of a person are distant.