A middle child with his older and younger brothers.
- The definition of middle is being at a central or intermediate point.
An example of middle used as an adjective is in the phrase "middle child," which means a child who is neither the oldest or youngest in a group of siblings.
- Middle is defined as the area that is at the center.
An example of a middle is a person's stomach, called "his middle."
- halfway between two given points, times, limits, etc.; also, equally distant from all sides or extremities; in the center; mean
- in between; intermediate; intervening
- denoting the voice or form of a verb whose subject is represented as acting reflexively, or upon itself: in Greek, such verbs are usually passive in grammatical form
- in or of the middle voice
- [M-]Geol. designating a division of a period or a formation between those called Upper and Lower
- [M-] designating a stage in language development intermediate between those called Old and Modern: Middle English
Origin of middleMiddle English middel from Old English from midd-, mid + -el, -le
- a point or part halfway between extremes; middle point, part, time, etc.
- something intermediate
- the middle part of the body; waist
- Gram. the middle voice
- middle term
intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- Equally distant from extremes or limits; central: the middle point on a line.
- Being at neither one extreme nor the other, as of a sequence or scale; intermediate: the middle decades of the century.
- Middle a. Of or relating to a division of geologic time between an earlier and a later division: the Middle Paleozoic.b. Of or relating to a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages: Middle Swedish.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb form or voice in which the subject both performs and is affected by the action specified.
- An area or a point equidistant between extremes; a center: the middle of a circle.
- Something intermediate between extremes: the middle of the story.
- The middle part of the human body; the waist.
- Logic A middle term.
- Grammar a. The middle voice.b. A verb form in the middle voice.
transitive verbmid·dled, mid·dling, mid·dles
- To place in the middle.
- Nautical To fold in the middle: middle the sail.
Origin of middleMiddle English middel from Old English; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
- A centre, midpoint.
- The middle of a circle is the point which has the same distance to every point of circle.
- The part between the beginning and the end.
- I woke up in the middle of the night.
- In the middle of the marathon, David collapsed from fatigue.
- (cricket) The middle stump.
- The central part of a human body.
- (grammar) The middle voice.
- Located in the middle; in between.
- the middle point
- middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages
- Pertaining to the middle voice.
From Middle English middel, from Old English middel, middle (“middle, centre, waist"), from Proto-Germanic *midilÄ…, *medalÄ… (“middle"), a diminutive of Proto-Germanic *midjÅ (“middle, midst") (cf. *midjaz (“mid, middle", adjective)), from Proto-Indo-European *medhy- (“middle, midst"), cf. *mÃ©dÊ°yos (“between, in the middle, middle"). Cognate with West Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel (“middle", adjective), German Mittel (“middle, means", noun), Danish middel (“means, agent, medicine"). Related also to Swedish medel (“means, medium"), Icelandic meÃ°al (“means, medicine"). See also mid.