1 (the middle distance) The part of a real or painted landscape between the foreground and the background.
- 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 [usually as modifier] A race distance of between 800 and 5,000 meters: middle-distance runners
More example sentences
- 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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Syllabification: mid·dle dis·tance
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