Middle ground


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Middle ground the central portion of a picture—that is, between the foreground and background
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  • Cyril Connolly
    “Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. middelmid; Dut. middel, Ger. mittel.


In literature:

Then he spread his blanket on the ground, laid the frame in the middle, folded the blanket across, and pinned it firmly.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various
There is, in my opinion, no middle ground to be taken.
"James Madison" by Sydney Howard Gay
The arrow hit the centipede right in the middle of its head, but instead of penetrating, it glanced off harmless and fell to the ground.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
There could be no middle ground for Beth.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
It stood in the middle of well-kept grounds.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
And there could be no middle ground.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Four eggs laid on the ground in the middle of an unused road.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
He knew no middle ground.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
She knew Polly: there was no middle ground between her likes and dislikes; she doted or she hated.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Near the middle of the valley were two men who were stretched out on the ground, dead.
"Elam Storm, The Wolfer" by Harry Castlemon
I take a middle ground; you will always find the truth about half way.
"The Art of Lecturing" by Arthur M. (Arthur Morrow) Lewis
That middle ground I now succeeded in finding.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
In the few seconds before Strong emerged, the lady stood her ground in the middle of the floor, with some appearance of anxiety.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 9" by Various
Between these alternatives there is no middle ground.
"Concerning Justice" by Lucilius A. Emery
So, perhaps, between two such conflicting opinions, it would be well to take middle ground and place my age correctly, at twenty-six.
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
I keep the ground clear of weeds and mellow up to the middle of July.
"The Apple" by Various
The ground was also covered with fruit and flowers, and in the middle of the valley rose a fountain surrounded by a velvety lawn.
"The Grey Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
At last he saw Teampoll-Ronan from him in the distance, standing in the middle of the burying-ground.
"Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" by William Butler Yeats
There is no middle ground in this matter.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall
Bait should be laid on ground or fastened to stake near middle of pen.
"Deadfalls and Snares" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

In poetry:

Do not call me: that is my occupation.
Do not ask my name or my condition.
Leave me in the middle of my own moon
in my wounded ground.
"Waltz" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

But there might be a middle-ground position between these views which can easily be implemented by all of us outside the realm of politics.
New Middle Ground Road Project.
New Middle Ground Road Construction work.
There's no middle ground concerning issues around world.
Greg Hall and Dogs of War, a Connecticut acoustic Indie band, will perform on Nov 5 at Middle Ground Café.
Is Obama searching for a middle ground .
Amid congressional rancor, New York lawmakers may stake middle ground .
CUSO Leaders Seek Middle Ground on New Regs.
Obama's Middle Ground on Afghanistan Is Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
Finding Middle Ground in Maryland.
Arcata's Legal Graffiti Wall – Free Expression On Middle Ground – December 23, 2010.
Middle Ground for Social Security and Medicare Reform.
Seattle author Brenda Peterson's latest treads religious middle ground (humorously).
Teachers Say They're Seeking Middle Ground.
Middle ground is a sound way to get baby to sleep, study says.

In science:

M are the extended bilinear Hilbert spaces of the internal vacuum, middle ground and mass structures of a bisemifermion if complete internal bilinear forms are defined on them.
A new track for unifying general relativity with quantum field theories
It was seen in chapter 3 that the time or space string field of the internal vacuum, middle ground or mass structure of a bisemifermion is given by the representation space (in bisemisheaf ) of the bilinear algebraic semigroup GL2 (Lv × Lv ) .
A new track for unifying general relativity with quantum field theories
Figure 1: Surface plots of |φg (x, 0, z )|2 (left column) and isosurface plots of |φg (x, y , z )| = 0.01 (right column) for the ground state of a dipolar BEC with β = 401.432 and λ = 0.16β for harmonic potential (top row), double-well potential (middle row) and optical lattice potential (bottom row).
Efficient numerical methods for computing ground states and dynamics of dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates
Interacting CFTs provide a middle ground between the two.
The Kreuzer bi-homomorphism
The third choice, called in-line parallel in Figure 27.4, occupies a middle-ground between the two by accomplishing a number of dot products along with each other within a single work item.
High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods by GPU Metaprogramming
In this lecture, I would like to adopt a middle ground.
String Theory: Lessons for Low Energy Physics
Non-LTE line formation is therefore neither special nor unusual, while LTE line formation is: LTE is an extreme assumption, not a cautious middle-ground.
Uncertainties in stellar abundance analyses
Such a ratio quantity exhibits a general trend of increasing δIAS isospin mixing with Z within same isospin multiplets and as well it reveals enhanced ∆T = 2 decays to the ground state of even-even N = Z nuclei with increasing δIAS towards the middle of the shell.
Isospin symmetry breaking in an algebraic pairing Sp(4) model
The analysis also shows that there is a trend of increasing isospin mixing between isobaric analog 0+ states due to a charge dependent J = 0 pairing interaction towards the middle of the shell and for ∆T = 2 decays to the ground state of an even-even N = Z daughter nucleus.
Isospin symmetry breaking in an algebraic pairing Sp(4) model
FIG. 7: Excitation spectra for the ground state F = 0 → F = 1 transition in YbF using π -pulses of three different pulse lengths (upper, τ = 18 µs; middle, τ = 36 µs; lower, τ = 72 µs). A static electric field of 12.5 kV/cm is applied.
Preparation and manipulation of molecules for fundamental physics tests
Middle panel: accuracy of the ground-state energy, ∆E /E0 = (E0 − EpBCS )/E0 , where E0 and EpBCS are the exact and the variational energies, respectively.
Variational wave functions for frustrated magnetic models
The case of an exciton-polariton condensate is a middle ground, in which electromagnetic and electronic degrees of freedom participate equally.
Polariton Condensation and Lasing
The overall decay on a few-picosecond time scale stems from the rotational dephasing of oxygen vibration (middle panel) which depends on the difference between the rotational constants, |B1 − B0 | ∼ 10−2 cm−1 , of the ground and excited vibrational states.
Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy in the presence of strong resonant signal from background molecules
Kohavi (personal communication,  ) suggests that there might be a \middle ground" in which thresholds are determined locally until the subsets of cases are relatively small, at which point subsequent possible thresholds would be found using the discretization strategy above.
Improved Use of Continuous Attributes in C4.5
Thus we expect that the new basis states also dominantly contribute to the ground-state wave function of the expanded system which has two additional sites in the middle of the two blocks.
One Dimensional Kondo Lattice Model Studied by the Density Matrix Renormalization Group Method