From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdistancedis‧tance1 /ˈdɪstəns/ ●●●S2W2 noun1amount of space [countable, uncountable]DISTANCE the amount of space between two places or thingsdistance from/betweenthe distance from Chicago to DetroitMeasure the distance between the two points.The cottage is some distance (=quite a long distance) from the road.at a distance of 2 feet/10 metres etcA shark can smell blood at a distance of half a kilometer.RegisterIn everyday English, when talking about how far something is, people often use an expression such as how far or a long/short way rather than the noun distance: What is the distance from Chicago to Detroit? → How far is it from Chicago to Detroit? | The cottage is some distance from the road. → The cottage is a long way from the road.2far away [singular] used to talk about a situation when something is far away from you in space or timein the distanceChurch bells rang in the distance (=they were far away).at/from a distanceWe watched from a distance.3unfriendly feeling [singular]UNFRIENDLY a situation in which two people do not have a close friendlyrelationshipdistance betweenThere was still a distance between me and my father.4 →keep your distance5 →go the (full) distance →long-distance, middle distanceCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa long/great/considerable distanceThe sound of guns seemed a long distance away.a short distanceI quickly walked the short distance to the car.a safe distance (=enough space to be safe)You should keep a safe distance from the car in front.some distance (=quite a long distance)He heard a scream some distance away.vast distancesThe aircraft is able to carry huge loads over vast distances.the stopping/braking distance (=how far you travel in a car after pressing the brakes)What’s the stopping distance at 30 miles an hour?verbstravel a great/long etc distanceIn some countries children must travel great distances to school each day.measure the distance between thingsNow we are able to measure the distances between the planets.judge distances (=judge how much space there is between things)Animals that hunt can judge distances very well.phraseswithin (easy) walking distance (=near enough to walk to easily)There are lots of restaurants within walking distance.within travelling/commuting/driving distance of something (=near enough to make travel to or from a place possible)The job was not within travelling distance of my home.within striking distance of something (=not far from something, especially something you are going to attack)Their troops had advanced to within striking distance of the town.within spitting distance informal (=very near something)The ball passed within spitting distance of the goal.put some distance between yourself and somebody/something (=go quite a long way from them)He wanted to put some distance between himself and his pursuers.
distance• Falconer had apparently been playing with the letters of the name, breaking them up, distancing each from the other.• To many, the world in which they appear to have lived seems to have been distanced from reality.• In the ensuing political rumpusJohnMajor shamelessly distanced himself from his henchman.• He regards the trappings of power as more important than dogma, and has distanced himself from the Communists more than once.• He also chose to distance himself geographically.• Finally, Norman began to distance himself.• You must learn to distance yourself.