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

Her skill as a hurdler and middle distance runner helped make that happen. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stewart: Simple kindness went a long way for Valerie Thames. Now it's her turn to give.," 27 June 2018 As Becca rejoins Wills and Jason, Leo stands alone in the waves staring off into the middle distance. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas," 10 July 2018 Thornton, who also directs, too often leaves her (and the rest of his cast) to raise a fist and stare defiantly into the middle distance rather than interact in compellingly human ways. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Haymarket is a workmanlike ode to the working man," 28 June 2018 Harbaugh sits silently, then takes a deep breath and stares off into the middle distance. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Lamar Jackson’s Time Is Coming, Sooner Than You Think," 2 May 2018 The rule requires that women competing internationally at middle distances maintain certain testosterone levels. Shira Springer, BostonGlobe.com, "Here are nine changes that would be good for women’s sports," 22 June 2018 Ostrander has an opportunity to become the first women’s NCAA middle distance or distance runner to win two national titles on the same day at an outdoor national championship. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State's hopes no longer depend on Ostrander's legs alone," 6 June 2018 For the Ducks, sprints, relays and middle distances will be key. Joe Fleming, USA TODAY, "NCAA track and field: Catch these future Olympians while they're still college stars," 5 June 2018 The assessments remain theoretical, because even as the A.I. race has grown increasingly crowded and expensive, the advent of an A.G.I. remains fixed in the middle distance. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, "How Frightened Should We Be of A.I.?," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of middle distance

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of middle distance

the middle distance : the area in a scene or view that is neither very close nor very far away : an area between the foreground and the background

: a racing distance that is neither short nor long and that is usually between 800 to 1,500 meters

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