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 abscissa the distance of a point from the vertical axis of a graph as measured parallel to the horizontal axis. (Cf. ordinate.) absolute value the magnitude of a real number irrespective of its sign; distance of a real number from zero. [1/2 definitions] afar at, to, or from a distance; far off. [2 definitions] a little a small distance. [1/5 definitions] aloof at a distance; apart. [1/2 definitions] alt.2 abbreviation of "altitude," the height of a given object or location above a specified base, such as sea level or earth, esp. the angular distance of a celestial body, measured from the horizon. altitude in astronomy, the angular distance of a celestial body, measured from the horizon. [1/4 definitions] analytic geometry a branch of geometry that uses algebraic equations to determine distance or the like by using variables defined by coordinates; Cartesian geometry. apart separated by time or space; at or to a distance. [1/3 definitions] aqueduct a channel built to convey water from a long distance. [1/2 definitions] astronomical unit a unit of length based on the average distance of the earth from the sun, equal to about 149.6 million kilometers or ninety-three million miles. at arm's length at a distance; emotionally or physically detached. away in the distance. [1/7 definitions] beyond that which is at a great distance in space or time. [1/6 definitions] block a section of a city or town bounded on four sides by intersecting streets, or the distance represented by one side of such a section. [1/19 definitions] bowshot the distance an arrow travels or can travel when shot from a bow. breadth distance from side to side measured perpendicularly to length; width. [1/3 definitions] broad gauge a railroad track with a distance between the rails that is greater than the standard width of 56.5 inches or 143.5 centimeters. (Cf. narrow gauge, standard gauge.) broad jump in track competition, a jump for distance with a running start; a former name for long jump. [2 definitions] by a long shot by a considerable amount or distance. carry distance or potential range traveled by an object or sound. [1/16 definitions]