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middle distance

noun
1.
Also called middle ground, middle plane. Fine Arts. the represented space between the foreground and background in paintings, drawings, etc.
2.
(in track) a race distance ranging from 400 meters or 440 yards to 1 mile.
Origin of middle distance
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15
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  • Cæsarea visible at a distance, and in the middle distance Jit and Zeita.

  • In the foreground with eight pink pajamas in the middle distance.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • There is no middle distance or foreground; no terraced or inclined approach.

  • The great drawback to the Cathedral is the difficulty of seeing it at a middle distance.

    Normandy G. E. Mitton
  • I was looking for middle distance, and you had been working on the foreground.

  • The black cormorants in the middle distance dived for their cold prey.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • The middle distance is in shadow, and here we have trees, fields, and dunes.

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