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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
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Out of the green pastures in the middle distance rose the ruined towers of Glastonbury.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur Louis Tracy
  • There is no middle distance or foreground; no terraced or inclined approach.

  • The ragged downward road was lost in the middle distance amid vaporous grey-greens and earthy browns.

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

    Normandy G. E. Mitton
  • The middle distance is in shadow, and here we have trees, fields, and dunes.

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

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • The sheep are in the middle distance on the edge of the river.

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