Definition of distantly in English:



  • 1Far away.

    ‘distantly he heard shouts’
    • ‘She could only distantly hear the shouts of her comrades over the rushing water and her own anxious heartbeat.’
    • ‘She intended to put the money back, but, distantly, she heard shouts and clamoring.’
    • ‘Somewhat distantly, she heard ‘Are you alright?’’
    • ‘‘No-nothing,’ Olivia stammered, closing the drawer once more, distantly hearing that same thumping sound as it shut.’
    • ‘‘That is Old Choseon, the place to which we travel,’ I distantly heard Attila say.’
    • ‘Khanor was only watching, devoid of emotion, and Brooke could distantly hear Katsi moaning and sputtering in the front seat.’
    • ‘She could distantly hear screams down the hallway, and stopped dead in her tracks when she realized that it was coming from Ryan's room.’
    • ‘Beth distantly heard a snide comment from the first customer in line, and breathed a sigh of relief when the cashier finally looked away.’
    • ‘Alex smiled to herself as Yuka and Mark continued to bicker about his hitting ability, and distantly, she heard a knock at the door.’
    • ‘She distantly heard Jade closing the window, and she went on walking.’
    • ‘Tahixha thought she heard bells ringing distantly, magical, ethereal chimes whispering of an uncertain future.’
    • ‘She could hear them talking distantly as she thought about getting down.’
    • ‘Beyond the rain, he can distantly hear the beach and the surf behind him.’
    • ‘Kristen could hear their conversation distantly but couldn't make out what they were saying.’
    • ‘Ikeda was too stunned to move, and could hear Rimiya screeching distantly down the hallway.’
    • ‘I was distantly aware of Xander shouting for help, the pain was my world at that time, and all I could do was pretend that it would all end soon.’
    • ‘Because his parents distantly knew mine, I heard that about four years ago his parents divorced.’
    • ‘I hear Roberts' voice call out distantly, even though he's right in front of me.’
    • ‘She heard the sounds of a fight, but distantly, as if on some other world.’
    • ‘A mechanical hum vibrates distantly, though I can only really hear it through my feet.’
    1. 1.1Not closely.
      ‘they are distantly related to the elephants’
      • ‘However, this problem should be studied in more detail considering both distantly related and closely related species.’
      • ‘Third, the more distantly related two individuals are, the more different their micro-satellites will be.’
      • ‘Apparently the evolutionary pattern of distantly related sequences should be described differently from that of closely related sequences.’
      • ‘It is distantly related to Cantonese and other Chinese dialects, and closely related to Lao and Thai.’
      • ‘Then all the genes in a new network should be closely related to each other, and only distantly to the old network.’
      • ‘Bulgarian is a south Slavic language, closely related to Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian and more distantly to Russian.’
      • ‘We observed a slight correlation in the month of birth for closely spaced siblings, but not among more distantly spaced offspring.’
      • ‘The leaves have a smell somewhat reminiscent of celery very distantly crossed with fennel, though I've heard somewhere that the plant is poisonous; it certainly looks the part.’
      • ‘Perhaps distantly connected, however, is the issue currently circulating of whether academics should journal at all.’
      • ‘Koushkani is a master of the Tar, a Persian instrument reminiscent of the Greek bouzouki or, more distantly, the mandolin.’
      • ‘At Oxford, she fell somewhat distantly in love with the poet and gifted linguist Frank Thompson.’
      • ‘Funny being distantly caught up in a media squabble though.’
    2. 1.2Coolly or remotely.
      ‘she smiled distantly’
      • ‘‘It's a Jolly Roger,’ she says, and smiles distantly.’
      • ‘He smiled faintly, distantly, and stared into the fire.’
      • ‘Maud smiled distantly, as if reveling in some personal dream.’
      • ‘Now, however, she just smiled at him distantly, put the tea on the table and walked away.’
      • ‘Saire smiled distantly as he put an arm about her shoulder and ushered her back inside.’
      • ‘He answered almost distantly, turning to her with something of a sad smile.’
      • ‘Their generation, I imagine, experienced the war more distantly as a disturbed era that ended in national humiliation.’