adj. re·mot·er, re·mot·est
a. Located far away; distant in space.
b. Hidden away; secluded: a remote hamlet.
2. Distant in time: the remote past.
3. Faint; slight: a remote possibility; had not the remotest interest.
4. Far removed in connection or relevance: a cause remote from everyday concerns.
5. Distantly related by blood or marriage: a remote cousin.
6. Distant in manner; aloof.
7. Operating or controlled from a distance: remote sensors.
8. Computers Located at a distance from another computer that is accessible by cables or other communications links: a remote terminal.
1. A radio or television broadcast originating from a point outside a studio.
2. A remote control device.
[Middle English, from Old French remot, from Latin remōtus, past participle of removēre, to remove; see REMOVE.]
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