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Meaning of remote by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English < Old French remot, masculine, remote, feminine < Latin remotus, past participle of removere ( “to remove” ) < re- + movere ( “to move” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: [ɹɪˈmɘʊt], [ˌɹiːˈməʊt], [ɹəˈməʊt]
    • Rhymes: -əʊt


    remote ( comparative remoter, superlative remotest )

    1. At a distance; disconnected .
      A remote operator may control the vehicle with a wireless handset .
    2. Distant or otherwise inaccessible .
      After his fall from the emperor's favor, the general was posted to a remote outpost .
    3. Unlikely .
      There was only a remote possibility that we would be rescued as we were far outside of the regular shipping lanes .
    4. Emotionally detached .
      After her mother's death, my friend grew remote for a time while she dealt with her grief .




    remote ( plural: remotes )

    1. Short for remote control .
      I hate it when my uncle comes over to visit; he always sits in the best chair and hogs the remote .
    2. ( broadcasting ) An element of broadcast programming originating away from the station's or show's control room .


    External links

    • remote in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • remote in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • remote at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of remote by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. inaccessible and sparsely populated

    2. located far away spatially

    3. remote stars
    4. separate or apart in time

    5. the remote past or future
    6. far apart in relevance or relationship or kinship

    7. a remote relative
      considerations entirely removed ( or remote ) from politics
    8. very unlikely

    9. a remote possibility
      a remote contingency
    1. a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance

    2. he lost the remote for his TV

    Definition of remote by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Remote ( 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: Not agreeing; alien; foreign. “All these propositions, how remote soever from reason.” Locke. Not nearly related; not close; as, “a remote connection or consanguinity”. Separate; abstracted. “Wherever the mind places itself by any thought, either amongst, or remote from, all bodies.” Locke. Not proximate or acting directly; primary; distant. “From the effect to the remotest cause.” Granville. Not obvious or sriking; as, “a remote resemblance”.

      3. ( Bot. ) Separated by intervals greater than usual.

      -- Remotely, adv. -- Remoteness, n.