1. Separated; having an intervening space; at a distance; away.
One board had two tenons, equally distant. --Ex. xxxvi. 22.
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; distant relatives.
The success of these distant enterprises. --Prescott.
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.
adj 1: separated in space or time or coming from or going to a
distance; "the distant past"; "distant villages"; "the
sound of distant traffic"; "a distant sound"; "a
distant telephone call" [ant: close]
2: far apart in relevance or relationship; "a distant cousin";
"a distant likeness" [ant: close]
3: remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a
distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers" [syn: aloof,
4: far distant in time; "distant events"; "the remote past or
future"; "a civilization ten centuries removed from modern
times" [syn: remote, removed]
5: far distant in space; "distant lands"; "remote stars"; "a
remote outpost of civilization"; "a hideaway far removed
from towns and cities" [syn: remote, removed]