long distance

noun
telephone service between distant places.

Origin:
1900–05

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long-distance

[lawng-dis-tuhns, long-]
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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long-distance
 
n
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.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a long-distance telephone call
4.  a long-distance telephone system or its operator
 
adv
5.  by a long-distance telephone line: he phoned long-distance

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Example sentences
Dinosaur gangs, psychedelic fish and long-distance elephant calls.
Try to read the pamphlet in six-point type that your new phone carrier sends
  you when you change long-distance service.
My long-distance trips are excellent in enhancing these relationships.
The electricity can be transported over long-distance electric lines to homes,
  factories, and businesses.
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