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 for Middle distance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Second \Sec"ond\, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly,
     following, fr. sequi to follow. See Sue to follow, and cf.
     Secund.]
     1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in
        order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another;
        other.
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              And he slept and dreamed the second time. --Gen.
                                                    xli. 5.
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     2. Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or
        rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior.
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              May the day when we become the second people upon
              earth . . . be the day of our utter extirpation.
                                                    --Landor.
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     3. Being of the same kind as another that has preceded;
        another, like a prototype; as, a second Cato; a second
        Troy; a second deluge.
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              A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! --Shak.
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     Second Adventist. See Adventist.
  
     Second cousin, the child of a cousin.
  
     Second-cut file. See under File.
  
     Second distance (Art), that part of a picture between the
        foreground and the background; -- called also middle
        ground, or middle distance. [R.]
  
     Second estate (Eng.), the House of Peers.
  
     Second girl, a female house-servant who does the lighter
        work, as chamber work or waiting on table.
  
     Second intention. See under Intention.
  
     Second story, Second floor, in America, the second range
        of rooms from the street level. This, in England, is
        called the first floor, the one beneath being the
        ground floor.
  
     Second thought or Second thoughts, consideration of a
        matter following a first impulse or impression;
        reconsideration.
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              On second thoughts, gentlemen, I don't wish you had
              known him.                            --Dickens.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Middle \Mid"dle\ (m[i^]d"d'l), a. [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin
     to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. [root]271. See Mid,
     a.]
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     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.
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     2. Intermediate; intervening.
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              Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends. --Sir J.
                                                    Davies.
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     Note: Middle is sometimes used in the formation of
           self-explaining compounds; as, middle-sized,
           middle-witted.
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     Middle Ages, 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.
  
     Middle class, in England, people who have an intermediate
        position between the aristocracy and the artisan class. It
        includes professional men, bankers, merchants, and small
        landed proprietors
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              The middle-class electorate of Great Britain. --M.
                                                    Arnold.
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     Middle distance. (Paint.) See Middle-ground.
  
     Middle English. See English, n., 2.
  
     Middle Kingdom, China.
  
     Middle oil (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.
  
     Middle passage, in the slave trade, that part of the
        Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the West Indies.
  
     Middle post. (Arch.) Same as King-post.
  
     Middle States, 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.]
  
     Middle term (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.
        --Brande.
  
     Middle tint (Paint.), a subdued or neutral tint.
        --Fairholt.
  
     Middle voice. (Gram.) See under Voice.
  
     Middle watch, the period from midnight to four a. m.; also,
        the men on watch during that time. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
  
     Middle weight, 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, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distance \Dis"tance\, 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.
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              Every particle attracts every other with a force . .
              . inversely proportioned to the square of the
              distance.                             --Sir I.
                                                    Newton.
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     2. Remoteness of place; a remote place.
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              Easily managed from a distance.       --W. Irving.
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              'T is distance lends enchantment to the view. --T.
                                                    Campbell.
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              [He] waits at distance till he hears from Cato.
                                                    --Addison.
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     3. (Racing) A space marked out in the last part of a race
        course.
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              The horse that ran the whole field out of distance.
                                                    --L'Estrange.
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     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.
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     4. (Mil.) Relative space, between troops in ranks, measured
        from front to rear; -- contrasted with interval, which
        is measured from right to left. "Distance between
        companies in close column is twelve yards." --Farrow.
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     5. Space between two antagonists in fencing. --Shak.
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     6. (Painting) The part of a picture which contains the
        representation of those objects which are the farthest
        away, esp. in a landscape.
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     Note: In a picture, the
  
     Middle distance 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.
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     7. Ideal disjunction; discrepancy; contrariety. --Locke.
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     8. Length or interval of time; period, past or future,
        between two eras or events.
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              Ten years' distance between one and the other.
                                                    --Prior.
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              The writings of Euclid at the distance of two
              thousand years.                       --Playfair.
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     9. The remoteness or reserve which respect requires; hence,
        respect; ceremoniousness.
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              I hope your modesty
              Will know what distance to the crown is due.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              'T is by respect and distance that authority is
              upheld.                               --Atterbury.
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     10. A withholding of intimacy; alienation; coldness;
         disagreement; variance; restraint; reserve.
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               Setting them [factions] at distance, or at least
               distrust amongst themselves.         --Bacon.
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               On the part of Heaven,
               Now alienated, distance and distaste. --Milton.
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     11. Remoteness in succession or relation; as, the distance
         between a descendant and his ancestor.
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     12. (Mus.) The interval between two notes; as, the distance
         of a fourth or seventh.
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     Angular distance, the distance made at the eye by lines
        drawn from the eye to two objects.
  
     Lunar distance. 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.
  
     Zenith distance (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
        familiarity.
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              If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is
              he keeps his at the same time.        --Swift.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  middle distance
      n 1: the part of a scene between the foreground and the
           background

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