[syn: distant, remote]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Distant \Dis"tant\, a. [F., fr. L. distans, -antis, p. pr. of
distare to stand apart, be separate or distant; dis- + stare
to stand. See Stand.]
1. Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance;
One board had two tenons, equally distant. --Ex.
Diana's temple is not distant far. --Shak.
2. Far separated; far off; not near; remote; -- in place,
time, consanguinity, or connection; as, distant times;
The success of these distant enterprises.
3. Reserved or repelling in manners; cold; not cordial;
somewhat haughty; as, a distant manner.
He passed me with a distant bow. --Goldsmith.
4. Indistinct; faint; obscure, as from distance.
Some distant knowledge. --Shak.
A distant glimpse. --W. Irving.
5. Not conformable; discrepant; repugnant; as, a practice so
widely distant from Christianity.
Syn: Separate; far; remote; aloof; apart; asunder; slight;
faint; indirect; indistinct.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: separated in space or coming from or going to a distance;
"distant villages"; "the sound of distant traffic"; "a
distant sound"; "a distant telephone call" [ant: close]
2: far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship ; "a
distant cousin"; "a remote relative"; "a distant likeness";
"considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics"
[syn: distant, remote] [ant: close]
3: remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a
distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers" [syn:
aloof, distant, upstage]
4: separate or apart in time; "distant events"; "the remote past
or future" [syn: distant, remote, removed]
5: located far away spatially; "distant lands"; "remote stars"
[syn: distant, remote]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
136 Moby Thesaurus words for "distant":
Olympian, above all that, aloof, apart, apathetic, arrogant,
asunder, at a distance, away, backward, barely audible, bashful,
blank, bored, careless, ceremonious, chilled, chilly, cold,
constrained, cool, decrescendo, detached, dim, discreet,
disinterested, disparate, dissimilar, distal, divergent, diverse,
exclusive, exotic, expressionless, faint, faint-voiced, far,
far off, far-flung, far-off, faraway, farfetched, feeble,
forbidding, forced, formal, frigid, frosty, gentle, guarded,
half-heard, haughty, heedless, icy, impassive, impersonal,
improbable, inaccessible, incurious, indifferent, indistinct,
insociable, insouciant, introverted, isolated, listless,
long-distance, long-range, low, mindless, modest, murmured,
obscure, off, offish, out-of-the-way, outlying, phlegmatic,
pianissimo, piano, proud, quite another thing, regardless, remote,
removed, repressed, reserved, restrained, reticent, retired,
retiring, rigid, scarcely heard, secluded, seclusive, secret,
separated, sequestered, shrinking, shy, soft, soft-sounding,
soft-voiced, solitary, something else again, standoff, standoffish,
stiff, stolid, strained, subaudible, subdued, suppressed,
unaffable, unalike, unapproachable, unclear, uncompanionable,
unconcerned, uncongenial, undemonstrative, unequal, unexpansive,
unfriendly, ungenial, uninquiring, uninterested, uninvolved,
unlike, unmindful, unsimilar, various, weak, weak-voiced,