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distance (1 the orig. sense of the word; the usual S. sense is that of ‘intervening space’, of which 2 is a special use)
1. disagreement Mac. III. i. 116 “in such bloody ”
2. in fencing, definite interval of space to be kept between the combatants Wiv. II. i. 232 [223], II. iii. 27, Rom. II. iv. 23.
3. remoteness in intercourse, the reverse of intimacy or familiarity Oth. II. iii. 59 “a wary ,” III. iii. 13 “a politic ,” Compl. 151 “With safest distance I mine honour shielded.”
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