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Definition: middle distance
n : the part of a scene between the foreground and the
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Definition: Middle distance
(m[i^]d"d'l), a. [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin
to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. [root]271. See Mid
1. Equally distant from the extreme either of a number of
things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the middle house
in a row; a middle rank or station in life; flowers of
middle summer; men of middle age.
2. Intermediate; intervening.
Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends. --Sir J.
Note: Middle is sometimes used in the formation of
self-explaining compounds; as, middle-sized,
, the period of time intervening between the
decline of the Roman Empire and the revival of letters.
Hallam regards it as beginning with the sixth and ending
with the fifteenth century.
, in England, people who have an intermediate
position between the aristocracy and the artisan class. It
includes professional men, bankers, merchants, and small
The middle-class electorate of Great Britain. --M.
. (Paint.) See Middle-ground
. See English
, n., 2.
(Chem.), that part of the distillate obtained
from coal tar which passes over between 170[deg] and
230[deg] Centigrade; -- distinguished from the light oil
, and the heavy oil
or dead oil
, in the slave trade, that part of the
Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the West Indies.
. (Arch.) Same as King-post
, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and
Delaware; which, at the time of the formation of the
Union, occupied a middle position between the Eastern
States (or New England) and the Southern States. [U.S.]
(Logic), that term of a syllogism with which
the two extremes are separately compared, and by means of
which they are brought together in the conclusion.
(Paint.), a subdued or neutral tint.
. (Gram.) See under Voice
, the period from midnight to four a. m.; also,
the men on watch during that time. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
, a pugilist, boxer, or wrestler classed as of
medium weight, i. e., over 140 and not over 160 lbs., in
distinction from those classed as light weights
, heavy weights
, n. [F. distance, L. distantia.]
1. The space between two objects; the length of a line,
especially the shortest line joining two points or things
that are separate; measure of separation in place.
Every particle attracts every other with a force . .
. inversely proportioned to the square of the
distance. --Sir I.
2. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
Easily managed from a distance. --W. Irving.
'T is distance lends enchantment to the view. --T.
[He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato.
3. (Racing) A space marked out in the last part of a race
The horse that ran the whole field out of distance.
Note: In trotting matches under the rules of the American
Association, the distance varies with the conditions of
the race, being 80 yards in races of mile heats, best
two in three, and 150 yards in races of two-mile heats.
At that distance from the winning post is placed the
distance post. If any horse has not reached this
distance post before the first horse in that heat has
reached the winning post, such horse is distanced, and
disqualified for running again during that race.
4. (Mil.) Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured
from front to rear; -- contrasted with interval
is measured from right to left. “Distance between
companies in close column is twelve yards.”
5. Space between two antagonists in fencing. --Shak.
6. (Painting) The part of a picture which contains the
representation of those objects which are the farthest
away, esp. in a landscape.
Note: In a picture, the
is the central portion between the
foreground and the distance or the extreme distance. In a
perspective drawing, the
Point of distance
is the point where the visual rays meet.
7. Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety. --Locke.
8. Length or interval of time; period, past or future,
between two eras or events.
Ten years' distance between one and the other.
The writings of Euclid at the distance of two
thousand years. --Playfair.
9. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence,
I hope your modesty
Will know what distance to the crown is due.
'T is by respect and distance that authority is
10. A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness;
disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.
Setting them [factions] at distance, or at least
distrust amongst themselves. --Bacon.
On the part of Heaven,
Now alienated, distance and distaste. --Milton.
11. Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance
between a descendant and his ancestor.
12. (Mus.) The interval between two notes; as, the distance
of a fourth or seventh.
, the distance made at the eye by lines
drawn from the eye to two objects.
. See under Lunar
North polar distance
(Astron.), the distance on the heavens
of a heavenly body from the north pole. It is the
complement of the declination.
(Astron.), the arc on the heavens from a
heavenly body to the zenith of the observer. It is the
complement of the altitude.
To keep one's distance
, to stand aloof; to refrain from
If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is
he keeps his at the same time. --Swift.