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long distance

n.
1. An operator or a system that places long-distance telephone calls.
2. A long-distance telephone call.

long′ dis′tance


n.
telephone service between distant places.

long′-dis′tance



adj.
1. of, from, or between distant places: a long-distance phone call.
2. for, over, or covering long distances: a long-distance runner.
adv.
3. by long-distance telephone service: to call someone long-distance.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.long distance - a telephone call made outside the local calling arealong distance - a telephone call made outside the local calling area; "I talked to her by long distance"
call, phone call, telephone call - a telephone connection; "she reported several anonymous calls"; "he placed a phone call to London"; "he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call"
toll call - a long-distance telephone call at charges above a local rate
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Amongst large-winged birds, carried a long distance from all lands and resting upon the waves from the fatigue of their flight, I saw some magnificent albatrosses, uttering discordant cries like the braying of an ass, and birds belonging to the family of the long-wings.
But Engineer Carty, by a happy thought, DOUBLED THE WIRE, and thus in a moment established two new factors in the telephone business--the Metallic Circuit and the Long Distance line.
They walked a long distance through the stomach and the whole body of the Shark.
The dust of the raiders was still a long distance away.
They were a long distance off, but the Wicked Witch was angry to find them in her country; so she blew upon a silver whistle that hung around her neck.
I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater.
The Uruguay, flowing through a granitic country, is much clearer; and where the two channels unite at the head of the Plata, the waters may for a long distance be distinguished by their black and red colours.
There seemed to be no one but myself on the island, which was covered with fruit trees and watered with streams, but seemed a long distance from the mainland which I hoped to reach.
He had run no long distance, when the Lion, turning about, seized him and tore him to pieces.
On his walk he observed the girls from a long distance, though they had been so occupied with their difficulties of passage as not to notice him.
They had no time to answer him, for the raft was swept past the house and a long distance on the other side of it.
Low growls vibrated his heavy jowls and his great rage transmitted to his sinuous tail a sharp, whiplike motion; but realizing from past experience the futility of long distance argument with the ape-man, he turned presently and struck off into the tangled vegetation which hid him from the view of his tormentor.

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