middle distance


: a part of a pictorial representation or scene between the foreground and the background
: 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 But Quanta also pondered the middle distance, looking at what mathematicians can prove about graphs that are too large to analyze using brute force, but smaller than the infinite, asymptotic limit. Quanta Magazine, 23 Dec. 2023 First-team middle distance, distance Crandall senior Luke Moffitt Moffitt won the 5A state title in the 800 with a time of 1:51.95. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 2 June 2023 As his alarm clock flashes 12:12, the future Fox Sports lead analyst wakes up with a Bowman card on his nightstand and looks into the middle distance with a mixture of seeming relief and awe — maybe at what could have been. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 12 Dec. 2023 Common symptoms include one curl tumbling over your brow, staring wistfully into the middle distance, and post-Hellenistic thoughts. Grace Henes, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2023 Suddenly, things begin to slip into surreality, as Sophie levitates and the whole tableau comes crashing down into the shards of a shattered glass patio table — while Paul observes the catastrophe from the passive middle distance. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 Scouring the middle distance for signs of impending peril, they ... Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 16 Aug. 2023 One imagines academics shuffling their papers and looking down, conference attendees staring into the middle distance. Kim Phillips-Fein, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2023 And very empathetic for the security guards who are just kind of standing there, staring into the middle distance. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of middle distance was in 1803

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“Middle distance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20distance. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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