The extent of space between two objects or places; an intervening space. The fact or condition of being apart in space; remoteness. Mathematics The length or numerical value of a straight line or curve. The extent of space between points on a measured course. The length of a race, especially of a horserace. A point or area that is far away: "Telephone poles stretched way into a distance I couldn't quite see\u201d ( Leigh Allison Wilson). A depiction of a such a point or area. A stretch of space without designation of limit; an expanse: a land of few hills and great distances. The extent of time between two events; an intervening period. A point removed in time: At a distance of 11 years, his memory of the crime was blurry. The full period or length of a contest or game: The challenger had never attempted the distance of 12 rounds. An amount of progress: The curriculum committee is a distance from where it was last month. Difference or disagreement: The candidates could not be at a greater distance on this issue. Emotional separateness or reserve; aloofness. To place or keep at or as if at a distance: "To understand Russian strategy ... it is necessary for us to distance ourselves from our own myths and to enter into theirs\u201d ( Freeman J. Dyson). To cause to appear at a distance. To leave far behind; outrun.