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Distance vs. Length

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Main Difference

The main difference between Distance and Length is that the Distance is a straight line that connects two points in a measurable space or in an observable physical space and Length is a measured dimension of an object.

Wikipedia
  • Distance (noun)

    The amount of space between two points, usually geographical points, usually (but not necessarily) measured along a straight line.

    "The distance to Petersborough is thirty miles."

    "From Moscow, the distance is relatively short to Saint Petersburg, relatively long to Novosibirsk, but even greater to Vladivostok."

  • Distance (noun)

    Length or interval of time.

  • Distance (noun)

    The difference; the subjective measure between two quantities.

    "We're narrowing the distance between the two versions of the bill."

    "The distance between the lowest and next gear on my bicycle is annoying."

  • Distance (noun)

    Remoteness of place; a remote place.

  • Distance (noun)

    Remoteness in succession or relation.

    "the distance between a descendant and his ancestor"

  • Distance (noun)

    A space marked out in the last part of a racecourse.

  • Distance (noun)

    The entire amount of progress to an objective.

    "He had promised to perform this task, but did not go the distance."

  • Distance (noun)

    A withholding of intimacy; alienation; variance.

    "The friendship did not survive the row: they kept each other at a distance."

  • Distance (noun)

    The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.

  • Distance (verb)

    To move away (from) someone or something.

    "He distanced himself from the comments made by some of his colleagues."

  • Distance (verb)

    To leave at a distance; to outpace, leave behind.

  • Length (noun)

    The distance measured along the longest dimension of an object.

  • Length (noun)

    duration

  • Length (noun)

    The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.

  • Length (noun)

    Distance between the two ends of a line segment.

  • Length (noun)

    The distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman.

  • Length (noun)

    Total extent.

    "the length of a book"

  • Length (noun)

    Part of something that is long; a physical piece of something.

    "a length of rope"

  • Length (verb)

    To lengthen.

Wiktionary
  • Distance (noun)

    the length of the space between two points

    "you may have to walk long distances"

    "I cycled the short distance home"

  • Distance (noun)

    the condition of being far off; remoteness

    "distance makes things look small"

  • Distance (noun)

    a far-off point

    "watching them from a distance"

  • Distance (noun)

    the more remote part of what is visible or discernible

    "they sped off into the distance"

    "I heard police sirens in the distance"

  • Distance (noun)

    an interval of time

    "the sort of goal which remains in the memory even at a distance of six years"

  • Distance (noun)

    the full length of a race

    "he claimed the 100 m title in only his second race over the distance"

  • Distance (noun)

    a space of more than twenty lengths between two finishers in a race

    "he stormed home by a distance in the Handicap Chase"

  • Distance (noun)

    a length of 240 yards from the winning post on a racecourse.

  • Distance (noun)

    the distance from the winning post which a horse must have reached when the winner finishes in order to qualify for a subsequent heat.

  • Distance (noun)

    the scheduled length of a fight

    "he has won his first five fights inside the distance"

  • Distance (noun)

    the avoidance of familiarity; reserve

    "a mix of warmth and distance makes a good neighbour"

  • Distance (verb)

    make (someone or something) far off or remote in position or nature

    "her mother wished to distance her from the rough village children"

  • Distance (verb)

    declare that one is not connected with or a supporter of (someone or something)

    "he sought to distance himself from the proposals"

  • Distance (verb)

    beat (a horse) by a distance.

  • Length (noun)

    the measurement or extent of something from end to end; the greater of two or the greatest of three dimensions of an object

    "the fish reaches a length of 10 inches"

    "the delta is twenty kilometres in length"

  • Length (noun)

    the quality of being long

    "the length of the waiting list"

  • Length (noun)

    the length of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum

    "fifty lengths of the pool"

  • Length (noun)

    the length of a horse, boat, etc., as a measure of the lead in a race

    "the mare won the race by seven lengths"

  • Length (noun)

    the extent of a garment in a vertical direction when worn

    "the length of her skirt"

  • Length (noun)

    the full distance that a thing extends for

    "the muscles running the length of my spine"

  • Length (noun)

    the full extent of one's body

    "he awkwardly lowered his length into the small car"

  • Length (noun)

    the metrical quantity or duration of a vowel or syllable

    "the length of the syllable is isomorphic with the length of the syllabic vowel"

  • Length (noun)

    the amount of time occupied by something

    "delivery must be within a reasonable length of time"

  • Length (noun)

    a piece or stretch of something

    "the surviving length of track"

    "a length of brown satin"

  • Length (noun)

    an extreme to which a course of action is taken

    "they go to great lengths to avoid the press"

  • Length (noun)

    the distance from the batsman at which a well-bowled ball pitches

    "Lewis tended to bowl short of a length"

  • Length (noun)

    (in bridge or whist) the number of cards of a suit held in one's hand, especially when five or more

    "to open one heart with equal length in hearts and spades is in the modern Acol style"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Distance (noun)

    The space between two objects; the length of a line, especially the shortest line joining two points or things that are separate; measure of separation in place.

  • Distance (noun)

    Remoteness of place; a remote place.

  • Distance (noun)

    A space marked out in the last part of a race course.

  • Distance (noun)

    Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured from front to rear; - contrasted with interval, which is measured from right to left.

  • Distance (noun)

    Space between two antagonists in fencing.

  • Distance (noun)

    The part of a picture which contains the representation of those objects which are the farthest away, esp. in a landscape.

  • Distance (noun)

    Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety.

  • Distance (noun)

    Length or interval of time; period, past or future, between two eras or events.

  • Distance (noun)

    The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence, respect; ceremoniousness.

  • Distance (noun)

    A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness; disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.

  • Distance (noun)

    Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance between a descendant and his ancestor.

  • Distance (noun)

    The interval between two notes; as, the distance of a fourth or seventh.

  • Distance

    To place at a distance or remotely.

  • Distance

    To cause to appear as if at a distance; to make seem remote.

  • Distance

    To outstrip by as much as a distance (see Distance, n., 3); to leave far behind; to surpass greatly.

  • Length (noun)

    The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church, or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.

  • Length (noun)

    A portion of space or of time considered as measured by its length; - often in the plural.

  • Length (noun)

    The quality or state of being long, in space or time; extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of the sermon, and the length of his walk.

  • Length (noun)

    A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a length of pipe; a length of fence.

  • Length (noun)

    Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to pursue a subject to a great length.

  • Length (noun)

    Distance.

  • Length

    To lengthen.

Webster Dictionary
  • Distance (noun)

    the property created by the space between two objects or points

  • Distance (noun)

    a distant region;

    "I could see it in the distance"

  • Distance (noun)

    size of the gap between two places;

    "the distance from New York to Chicago"

    "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"

  • Distance (noun)

    indifference by personal withdrawal;

    "emotional distance"

  • Distance (noun)

    the interval between two times;

    "the distance from birth to death"

    "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"

  • Distance (noun)

    a remote point in time;

    "if that happens it will be at some distance in the future"

    "at a distance of ten years he had forgotten many of the details"

  • Distance (verb)

    keep at a distance;

    "we have to distance ourselves from these events in order to continue living"

  • Distance (verb)

    go far ahead of;

    "He outdistanced the other runners"

  • Length (noun)

    the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest horizontal dimension of something that is fixed in place;

    "the length of the table was 5 feet"

  • Length (noun)

    continuance in time;

    "the ceremony was of short duration"

    "he complained about the length of time required"

  • Length (noun)

    the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end;

    "the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"

  • Length (noun)

    size of the gap between two places;

    "the distance from New York to Chicago"

    "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"

  • Length (noun)

    a section of something that is long and narrow;

    "a length of timber"

    "a length of tubing"

Princeton's WordNet

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