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remote   WordNet 2.0

- a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance
"he lost the remote for his TV"

 
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- inaccessible and sparsely populated

 
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- far distant in space
"distant lands"
"remote stars"
"a remote outpost of civilization"
"a hideaway far removed from towns and cities"

 
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- far distant in time
"distant events"
"the remote past or future"
"a civilization ten centuries removed from modern times"

 
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- far apart in nature
"considerations entirely removed (or remote) from politics"

 
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- very unlikely
"an outside chance"
"a remote possibility"
"a remote contingency"

 
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Remote   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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.

 
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