middle distance

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. [1913 Webster]

And he slept and dreamed the second time. --Gen. xli. 5. [1913 Webster]

2. Next to the first in value, power, excellence, dignity, or rank; secondary; subordinate; inferior. [1913 Webster]

May the day when we become the second people upon earth . . . be the day of our utter extirpation. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A Daniel, still say I, a second Daniel! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

On second thoughts, gentlemen, I don't wish you had known him. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Middle distance — 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. [1913 Webster] Every particle …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Middle distance — 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. Equally distant from the extreme either of a number of things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • middle distance — n the middle distance the part of a picture or view that is between the nearest part and the part that is furthest away ▪ She just stood there gazing into the middle distance …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle distance — n. 1. the space between the foreground and the background in a picture, view, etc. 2. Track & Field a footrace or footrace distance of moderate length, including 800 meters, 1,500 meters, a half mile, or a mile middle distance adj …   English World dictionary

  • middle-distance — middle .distance adj [only before noun] a middle distance race is neither very short nor very long, for example 800 or 1500 metres …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • middle distance — ► NOUN 1) the part of a real or painted landscape between the foreground and the background. 2) Athletics a race distance between 800 and 5,000 metres …   English terms dictionary

  • middle distance — index center (central position) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • middle distance — noun the part of a scene between the foreground and the background (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑view, ↑aspect, ↑prospect, ↑scene, ↑vista, ↑panorama * * * noun, pl ⋯ tances 1 the middle distance …   Useful english dictionary

  • middle-distance — middˈle distance adjective (in athletics) of or denoting a race of 800m or 1500m, or an athlete who takes part in such a race • • • Main Entry: ↑middle * * * ˌmiddle ˈdistance [middle distance] adjective only before noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • middle distance — 1) N SING: the N, usu into/in the N If you are looking into the middle distance, you are looking at a place that is neither near nor far away. He stares detachedly into the middle distance, towards nothing in particular. 2) ADJ: ADJ n A middle… …   English dictionary

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