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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

REMO'TE, a. [L. remotus, removeo; re and moveo, to move.]
1. Distant in place; not near; as a remote country; a remote people.
Give me a life remote from guilty courts.
2. Distant in time, past or future; as remote antiquity. Every man is apt to think the time of his dissolution to be remote.
3. Distant; not immediate.
It is not all remote and even apparent good that affects us.
4. Distant; primary; not proximate; as the remote causes of a disease.
5. Alien; foreign; not agreeing with; as a proposition remote from reason.
6. Abstracted; as the mind placed by thought amongst or remote from all bodies.
7. Distant in consanguinity or affinity; as a remote kinsman.
8. Slight; inconsiderable; as a remote analogy between cases; a remote resemblance is form or color.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: located far away spatially; "distant lands"; "remote stars" [syn: distant, remote]
2: very unlikely; "an outside chance"; "a remote possibility"; "a remote contingency" [syn: outside, remote]
3: separate or apart in time; "distant events"; "the remote past or future" [syn: distant, remote, removed]
4: inaccessible and sparsely populated; [syn: outback, remote]
5: far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship ; "a distant cousin"; "a remote relative"; "a distant likeness"; "considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics" [syn: distant, remote] [ant: close] n
1: a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance; "he lost the remote for his TV" [syn: remote control, remote]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective (remoter; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin remotus, from past participle of remov?re to remove Date: 15th century 1. separated by an interval or space greater than usual <an involucre remote from the flower> 2. far removed in space, time, or relation ; divergent <the remote past> <comments remote from the truth> 3. out-of-the-way, secluded <a remote cabin in the hills> 4. acting, acted on, or controlled indirectly or from a distance <remote computer operation>; also relating to the acquisition of information about a distant object (as by radar or photography) without coming into physical contact with it <remote sensing> 5. not arising from a primary or proximate action 6. small in degree ; slight <a remote possibility> <hadn't the remotest idea of what was going on> 7. distant in manner ; aloof remotely adverb remoteness noun II. noun Date: 1937 1. a radio or television program or a portion of a program originating outside the studio 2. remote control 2

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (remoter, remotest) 1 far away in place or time. 2 out of the way; situated away from the main centres of population, society, etc. 3 distantly related (a remote ancestor). 4 slight, faint ( esp. in not the remotest chance, idea , etc.). 5 (of a person) aloof; not friendly. 6 (foll. by from) widely different; separate by nature (ideas remote from the subject). Phrases and idioms: remote control control of a machine or apparatus from a distance by means of signals transmitted from a radio or electronic device. remote-controlled (of a machine etc.) controlled at a distance. Derivatives: remotely adv. remoteness n. Etymology: ME f. L remotus (as REMOVE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Remote Re*mote" (r?-m?t"), a. [Compar. Remoter (-?r); superl. Remotest.] [L. remotus, p. p. of removere to remove. See Remove.] 1. Removed to a distance; not near; far away; distant; -- said in respect to time or to place; as, remote ages; remote lands. Places remote enough are in Bohemia. --Shak. Remote from men, with God he passed his days. --Parnell. 2. Hence, removed; not agreeing, according, or being related; -- in various figurative uses. Specifically: (a) Not agreeing; alien; foreign. ``All these propositions, how remote soever from reason.'' --Locke. (b) Not nearly related; not close; as, a remote connection or consanguinity. (c) Separate; abstracted. ``Wherever the mind places itself by any thought, either amongst, or remote from, all bodies.'' --Locke. (d) Not proximate or acting directly; primary; distant. ``From the effect to the remotest cause.'' --Granville. (e) Not obvious or sriking; as, a remote resemblance. 3. (Bot.) Separated by intervals greater than usual. -- Re*mote"ly, adv. -- Re*mote"ness, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(remoter, remotest) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Remote areas are far away from cities and places where most people live, and are therefore difficult to get to. Landslides have cut off many villages in remote areas. ADJ: usu ADJ n 2. The remote past or remote future is a time that is many years distant from the present. Slabs of rock had slipped sideways in the remote past, and formed this hole. = distant ADJ: usu ADJ n 3. If something is remote from a particular subject or area of experience, it is not relevant to it because it is very different. This government depends on the wishes of a few who are remote from the people... ADJ: usu v-link ADJ from n 4. If you say that there is a remote possibility or chance that something will happen, you are emphasizing that there is only a very small chance that it will happen. I use a sunscreen whenever there is even a remote possibility that I will be in the sun... ADJ [emphasis] 5. If you describe someone as remote, you mean that they behave as if they do not want to be friendly or closely involved with other people. She looked so beautiful, and at the same time so remote. ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Far, distant, far off. 2. Alien, foreign, unallied, unconnected unrelated. 3. Abstracted, separated. 4. Slight, inconsiderable. 5. Secluded, sequestered, removed.

Moby Thesaurus

Olympian, above all that, abstracted, acquisitive, alien, aloof, ambitious for self, ancient, apart, arcane, asunder, at a distance, autistic, away, back, backward, bashful, blank, careerist, casual, chilled, chilly, cold, constrained, cool, detached, devious, discreet, disinterested, distal, distant, early, egotistical, exclusive, exotic, expressionless, faint, far, far off, far-flung, far-off, faraway, farfetched, fat, foggy, forbidding, forced, frigid, frontier, frosty, grasping, greedy, guarded, icy, impassive, impersonal, implausible, improbable, in a backwater, inaccessible, inappropriate, inconsiderable, incurious, indifferent, individualistic, insignificant, insular, introverted, irrelevant, isolated, lonely, lonesome, long-distance, long-range, modest, narcissistic, negligible, obscure, off, offish, out-of-the-way, out-of-the-world, outlandish, outlying, outside, personalistic, poor, possessive, privatistic, quarantined, quite another thing, recondite, removed, repressed, reserved, restrained, reticent, retired, retiring, secluded, seclusive, secret, segregated, self-absorbed, self-admiring, self-advancing, self-besot, self-centered, self-considerative, self-contained, self-devoted, self-esteeming, self-indulgent, self-interested, self-jealous, self-occupied, self-pleasing, self-seeking, self-serving, self-sufficient, selfish, separate, separated, sequestered, shrinking, shut off, slender, slight, slim, small, something else again, standoff, standoffish, strained, subdued, subtle, suppressed, tramontane, ultramontane, unaffable, unapproachable, unconcerned, uncongenial, unconnected, undemonstrative, unexpansive, unfamiliar, unfrequented, ungenial, uninterested, unlikely, unrelated, unsettled, unusual, unvisited, withdrawn


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