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(lông′dĭs′təns, lŏng′-)
1. Covering a long distance: a long-distance runner; operating under long-distance supervision.
2. Of, relating to, or being telephone communication to a distant station: a long-distance call.

long′-dis′tance adv.


1. (modifier) covering relatively long distances: a long-distance driver.
2. (Telecommunications) (modifier) (of telephone calls, lines, etc) connecting points a relatively long way apart
3. (Telecommunications) chiefly US and Canadian a long-distance telephone call
4. (Telecommunications) a long-distance telephone system or its operator
(Telecommunications) by a long-distance telephone line: he phoned long-distance.

long′ dis′tance

telephone service between distant places.


1. of, from, or between distant places: a long-distance phone call.
2. for, over, or covering long distances: a long-distance runner.
3. by long-distance telephone service: to call someone long-distance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.long-distance - of or relating to or being a long-distance telephone call; "a long-distance call"; "a long-distance transmission line"; "a long-distance operator"
2.long-distance - covering a long distance; "a long-distance runner"; "a long-distance freight train"; "she ran off with a long-distance truck driver"
distant - separated in space or coming from or going to a distance; "distant villages"; "the sound of distant traffic"; "a distant sound"; "a distant telephone call"


A. ADJ [flight] → largo, de larga distancia; [race, runner] → de fondo; [train] → de largo recorrido
B. ADV to call sb long-distanceponer una conferencia a algn
C. CPD long-distance call Nllamada f interurbana or de larga distancia, conferencia f
long-distance bus Nautocar m, coche m de línea
long-distance runner Ncorredor(a) m/f de fondo, fondista mf


[ˌlɒŋˈdɪstns] adj (Telec) (call) → interurbano/a; (race) → di fondo
long-distance runner → fondista m/f


(loŋ) adjective
1. measuring a great distance from one end to the other. a long journey; a long road; long legs.
2. having a great period of time from the first moment to the last. The book took a long time to read; a long conversation; a long delay.
3. measuring a certain amount in distance or time. The wire is two centimetres long; The television programme was just over an hour long.
4. away, doing or using something etc for a great period of time. Will you be long?
5. reaching to a great distance in space or time. She has a long memory
1. a great period of time. This happened long before you were born.
2. for a great period of time. Have you been waiting long?
ˈlongways adverb
in the direction of the length. The planks had to go into the lorry longways.
ˌlong-ˈdistance adjective
long-distance races; a long-distance lorry-driver; a long-distance telephone call.
ˌlong-drawn-ˈout adjective
taking a needlessly long time. long-drawn-out discussions.
ˈlonghand noun
ordinary writing as opposed to shorthand.
long house
in tribal societies, a long rectangular dwelling shared by several families, especially in south-east Asia and amongst North American Indians.
long jump
a sports contest in which people jump as far as possible.
long-playing record (usually abbreviated to LP)
a record which plays for a long time.
ˌlong-ˈrange adjective
1. able to reach a great distance. long-range rockets.
2. taking into consideration a long period of time. a long-range weather forecast.
ˌlong-ˈsighted adjective
having difficulty in seeing close objects clearly.
ˌlong-ˈsightedness noun
ˌlong-ˈsuffering adjective
patiently enduring a great deal of trouble.
ˌlong-ˈwinded adjective
(of a speaker or his speech) tiresomely long.
as long as / so long as
1. provided only that. As/So long as you're happy, it doesn't matter what you do.
2. while; during the time that. As long as he's here I'll have more work to do.
before (very) long
soon. Come in and wait – he'll be here before long!
in the long run
in the end. We thought we would save money, but in the long run our spending was about the same as usual.
the long and the short of it
the whole story in a few words.
no longer
not now as in the past. This cinema is no longer used.
so long!
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The fact would not ordinarily have surprised Archer, for long-distance telephoning had become as much a matter of course as electric lighting and five-day Atlantic voyages.
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