Definition of middle distance in English:

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middle distance

Pronunciation: /mɪdəl ˈdɪst(ə)ns/


1 (the middle distance) The part of a real or painted landscape between the foreground and the background: I spied in the middle distance a cluster of buildings
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  • Bathed in an opalescent haze in the middle distance, they stand watch and wait their turn.
  • Interestingly though, his solo is kept in the middle distance with Harries and France dominating the foreground.
  • Nearby, a middle aged woman stares vacantly into the middle distance as a young girl walks past on her way to the shops, where workers are unlocking doors and switching off alarms.
2 [as modifier] Denoting or relating to a race distance of between 800 and 5,000 metres: middle-distance runners
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  • Then, as now, they were nearly always used in middle-distance races.
  • Still to this day, this 1,500 at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974 is regarded as the greatest middle-distance race of all time.
  • The signs are very promising for the most lucrative middle-distance race to be run in Scotland.

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