Expanse vs Distance - What's the difference?
As a noun expanse
is a wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land.
A wide stretch, usually of sea, sky, or land.
An amount of spread or stretch.
* (l) (archaic)
(lb) The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly,
Length or interval of time.
*(Matthew Prior) (1664-1721)
*:ten years' distance between one and the other
*(John Playfair) (1748-1819)
*:the writings of Euclid at the distance of two thousand years
The difference; the subjective measure between two quantities.
Remoteness of place; a remote place.
*(Washington Irving) (1783-1859)
*:easily managed from a distance
*:'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view.
*(Joseph Addison) (1672–1719)
*:[He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato.
Remoteness in succession or relation.
A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.
*(w, Roger L'Estrange) (1616-1704)
*:the horse that ran the whole field out of distance
The entire amount of progress to an objective.
A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.
*(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
*:Setting them [factions] at distance , or at least distrust amongst themselves.
*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
*:On the part of Heaven, / Now alienated, distance and distaste.
*:In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.
*(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
*:I hope your modesty / Will know what distance to the crown is due.
*(Francis Atterbury) (1663-1732)
*:'Tis by respect and distance that authority is upheld.
* aesthetic distance
* angular distance
* automatic distance control
* braking distance
* Cartesian distance
* critical distance
* distance formula
* distance learning
* distance vision
* edit distance
* effort distance
* Euclidean distance
* focal distance
* go the distance
* Hamming distance
* horizon distance
* interarch distance
* interplant distance
* keep at a distance
* keep one's distance
* Levenshtein distance
* luminosity distance
* mean distance between failure
* polar distance
* resistance distance
* skip distance
* social distance
* spitting distance
* striking distance
* string distance
* taxicab distance
* walking distance
* zenith distance
To move away (from) someone or something.
To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.
* 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 71:
- He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues.
- Then the horse, with muscles strong as steel, distanced the sound.