Meaning of long distance in English:

long distance



(also long-distance)
  • 1Travelling or operating between distant places.

    ‘a long-distance lorry driver’
    • ‘long-distance phone calls’
    • ‘Her husband was a long-distance lorry driver operating within the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘The heady aroma of diesel and agarbatti brings to mind the dash and swagger of long-distance bus and truck drivers.’
    • ‘The temptation to become a long-distance lorry driver is still there.’
    • ‘Roddy himself was a long-distance lorry driver, then he moved to Edinburgh for five years.’
    • ‘Many people do not have a car and use buses and trucks for local and long-distance travel.’
    • ‘We have the best record of the long-distance train operating companies and continue to provide an excellent service.’
    • ‘They were barred from operating on long-distance routes, he alleged.’
    • ‘The TRA operates three classes of long-distance rail service and one type of electric commuter train.’
    • ‘Skinner's voice has gathered the dust of long-distance phone calls.’
    • ‘It's little wonder that fewer young men want to drive long-distance trucks.’
    • ‘Federal deregulation has done the same for plane tickets and long-distance phone calls.’
    • ‘Digger has decided to use my cell phone to make long-distance calls.’
    • ‘She switches between languages when making long-distance phone calls from work.’
    • ‘He points out that the magazine shop and snack bar are mainly used by long-distance travellers who use the National Highway.’
    • ‘At a few bunks on the city's outskirts, there are also resting facilities for long-distance travellers.’
    • ‘The company regularly achieves the highest passenger satisfaction ratings of the long-distance operators.’
    • ‘With long-distance travel people can be far more flexible about exactly when they travel and they can book in advance.’
    • ‘People who use energy efficient methods for long-distance travel obtain rewards.’
    • ‘He has called for taxi operators to have a relief driver available for long-distance trips.’
    • ‘Of course, this is an emerging nightmare for local and long-distance phone companies.’
  • 2Denoting or relating to a race distance of 6 miles or 10,000 metres (6 miles 376 yds), or longer.

    ‘a long-distance runner’
    • ‘Sunday will feature a long-distance race for catamarans and keelboats.’
    • ‘At the outset I assumed I would end up with two sprinters, two milers and two long-distance runners.’
    • ‘This year's toll of four deaths is grimly shocking and raises questions about the safety of such long-distance races.’
    • ‘They talk about the loneliness of the long-distance runner and, with no one on hand to help or comfort her, she was a picture of isolation.’
    • ‘Midfield players are far more athletic now, resembling long-distance runners.’


  • Between distant places.

    ‘travelling long distance’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to travel long-distance in a hurry goes by plane.’