Meaning of “the middle distance” in the English Dictionary

"the middle distance" in British English

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the middle distancenoun [ S ]

uk /ˌmɪd.əl ˈdɪs.təns/ us /ˌmɪd.əl ˈdɪs.təns/

the part of a picture or a view that is neither very close nor very far away:

From the top of the hill we could see the ocean far away and, in the middle distance, a small town.

middle-distanceadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌmɪd.əlˈdɪs.təns/ us /ˌmɪd.əlˈdɪs.təns/

(Definition of “the middle distance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)