Meaning of “distance” - Learner’s Dictionary

distance

noun uk us /ˈdɪstəns/
LENGTH [ C, U ]

B1 the length of the space between two places or things:

We're only a short distance from my house.
He calculated the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Are the shops within walking distance?
PLACE [ no plural ]

B2 somewhere that is far away, but close enough for you to see or hear the things that are there:

I could see Mary in the distance.
From a distance, it sounded like a bell ringing.

(Definition of “distance noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)