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:
1805–15

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Palm trees can be seen near the water's edge in the middle distance and along the top of the hill at the horizon.
Water views in the middle distance off to the west are framed by small orchards and stands of conifers.
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