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middle distance

Also called middle ground, middle plane. Fine Arts. the represented space between the foreground and background in paintings, drawings, etc.
(in track) a race distance ranging from 400 meters or 440 yards to 1 mile.
Origin of middle distance
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • These figures must be in the foreground, and the rest in the middle-distance or in the back-ground.

    The Author's Craft Arnold Bennett
  • We need a middle-distance man and some one who knows something about pole vaulting.

    For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
  • When Peets lets drive something about 'sky effects,' an' 'fore-grounds,' an' 'middle-distance,' we stacks in all sim'lar.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • In the middle-distance, Mrs. Payson was approaching with a cup of nourishing beef-tea.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
British Dictionary definitions for middle-distance


(athletics) relating to or denoting races of a length between the sprints and the distance events, esp the 800 metres and the 1500 metres
Also called middle ground. part of a painting, esp a landscape between the foreground and far distance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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