middle distance
noun Date: 1803 1. a part of a pictorial representation or scene between the foreground and the background 2. any footrace distance usually from 800 to 1500 meters or from 880 yards to one mile

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  • Middle distance — Distance Dis tance, n. [F. distance, L. distantia.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Every particle …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Middle distance — Middle Mid dle (m[i^]d d l), a. [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. [root]271. See {Mid}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Equally distant from the extreme either of a number of things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • middle distance — n the middle distance the part of a picture or view that is between the nearest part and the part that is furthest away ▪ She just stood there gazing into the middle distance …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle distance — n the middle distance the part of a picture or view that is between the nearest part and the part that is furthest away ▪ She just stood there gazing into the middle distance …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle distance — n. 1. the space between the foreground and the background in a picture, view, etc. 2. Track & Field a footrace or footrace distance of moderate length, including 800 meters, 1,500 meters, a half mile, or a mile middle distance adj …   English World dictionary

  • middle-distance — middle .distance adj [only before noun] a middle distance race is neither very short nor very long, for example 800 or 1500 metres …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle-distance — middle .distance adj [only before noun] a middle distance race is neither very short nor very long, for example 800 or 1500 metres …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle distance — ► NOUN 1) the part of a real or painted landscape between the foreground and the background. 2) Athletics a race distance between 800 and 5,000 metres …   English terms dictionary

  • middle distance — index center (central position) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • middle distance — noun the part of a scene between the foreground and the background (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑view, ↑aspect, ↑prospect, ↑scene, ↑vista, ↑panorama * * * noun, pl ⋯ tances 1 the middle distance …   Useful english dictionary

  • middle-distance — middˈle distance adjective (in athletics) of or denoting a race of 800m or 1500m, or an athlete who takes part in such a race • • • Main Entry: ↑middle * * * ˌmiddle ˈdistance [middle distance] adjective only before noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

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