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DISTANT, adjective [Latin , standing apart.]

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