middle distance


Definition of middle distance

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

Examples of middle distance in a Sentence

As I looked out over the water, a small boat appeared in the middle distance.
Recent Examples on the Web One soldier stands straight, undone, an awful stillness staring helplessly out, directly at the viewer, to some unfocused middle distance. Jeff Macgregor, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 And 19-year-old Anastasiia Laletina withdrew from the middle distance sitting biathlon event on March 8, after learning her father—a Ukrainian soldier—was captured by Russian forces, as a team spokesperson confirmed to USA Today. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 9 Mar. 2022 Skaters from an ice show twirl gleamingly in the middle distance. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Rosenfeld was a sprinter who was trying middle distance for the first time. Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 14 July 2021 With their mouths slightly open and their eyes gazing into the middle distance, their bodies are in the room, but their minds are somewhere else. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 The Ukrainian women’s standing biathlon team earned the country’s first 1-2-3 finish of the day in the 10K middle distance event. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 9 Mar. 2022 The podium sweep by Lukianenko, Kovalevskyi and Suiarko was the second of the day for Ukraine, following a 1-2-3 finish by Ukrainian women in middle distance standing. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 On the left, in the middle distance (not far from a cart loaded high with wheat), two monks take off their robes to swim in the pond. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of middle distance

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2022

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“Middle distance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20distance. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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