# Displacement vs. Distance

By Jaxson

• Distance

Distance is a numerical measurement of how far apart objects are. In physics or everyday usage, distance may refer to a physical length or an estimation based on other criteria (e.g. “two counties over”). In most cases, “distance from A to B” is interchangeable with “distance from B to A”. In mathematics, a distance function or metric is a generalization of the concept of physical distance. A metric is a function that behaves according to a specific set of rules, and is a way of describing what it means for elements of some space to be “close to” or “far away from” each other.

Wikipedia
• Displacement (noun)

The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place.

• Displacement (noun)

The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body.

• Displacement (noun)

The process of extracting soluble substances from organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of saturated solvent is displaced, or removed, for another quantity of the solvent.

• Displacement (noun)

Moving the target to dodging.

• Displacement (noun)

A vector quantity which denotes distance with a directional component.

• Displacement (noun)

The capability of a communication system to refer to things that are not present (that existed or will exist at another time, or that exist at another location).

• 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.

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.

Oxford Dictionary
• Displacement (noun)

The act of displacing, or the state of being displaced; a putting out of place.

• Displacement (noun)

The quantity of anything, as water, displaced by a floating body, as by a ship, the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body.

• Displacement (noun)

The process of extracting soluble substances from organic material and the like, whereby a quantity of saturated solvent is displaced, or removed, for another quantity of the solvent.

• 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.

Webster Dictionary
• Displacement (noun)

an event in which something is displaced without rotation

• Displacement (noun)

act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics

• Displacement (noun)

the act of uniform movement

• Displacement (noun)

(chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound

• Displacement (noun)

(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one

• Displacement (noun)

to move something from its natural environment

• Displacement (noun)

act of removing from office or employment

• 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)