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long distance

noun
1.
telephone service between distant places.
Origin of long distance
1900-1905
1900-05

long-distance

[lawng-dis-tuh ns, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈdɪs təns, ˈlɒŋ-/
adjective
1.
of, from, or between distant places:
a long-distance phone call.
2.
for, over, or covering long distances:
a long-distance runner.
adverb
3.
by long-distance telephone:
to call someone long-distance.
Origin
1880-85
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Examples from the Web for long distance
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  • But there are certain clues to the location of the disease which can be seen a long distance, a quarter of a mile, at any rate.

  • It seemed a long distance that she thus swam with her eyes closed.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • She was at the door, and saw him coming while he was yet a long distance off.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • Amy had walked all the long distance from the station and more, for she had lost her way.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The foolish Chippewas have come a long distance to get here, but we will soon chase them away, declared the Mohawk lad.

    Running Fox Elmer Russell Gregor
  • As for the old Oneida, she could not be kept within a long distance of her proper berth.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The ship was driven on the rocks, a long distance from the shore.

    To Leeward F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for long distance

long-distance

noun
1.
(modifier) covering relatively long distances: a long-distance driver
2.
(modifier) (of telephone calls, lines, etc) connecting points a relatively long way apart
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a long-distance telephone call
4.
a long-distance telephone system or its operator
adverb
5.
by a long-distance telephone line: he phoned long-distance
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Word Origin and History for long distance

long-distance

adj.

1884, in reference to telephoning, from long (adj.) + distance (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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