Surrounded by; amid: mid smoke and flame.
Origin of mid
Alteration of amid
Origin of mid-
Middle English from mid middle
; see mid 1
Usage Note: Many compounds other than those entered here are formed with mid-. In forming compounds, mid- is normally joined to the following word or element without a space or hyphen: midpoint. If the second element begins with a capital letter, it is separated with a hyphen: mid-May. It is always acceptable to separate the elements with a hyphen to prevent possible confusion with another form, as, for example, to distinguish mid-den (the middle of a den) from the word midden. Note that the adjective mid1 is a separate word, though, as is the case with any adjective, it may be joined to another word with a hyphen when used as a unit modifier: in the mid Pacific but a mid-Pacific island.
From Middle English, from Old English mid (“with, in conjunction with, in company with, together with, into the presence of, through, by means of, by, among, in, at (time), in the sight of, opinion of", preposition), from Proto-Germanic *midi (“with"), from Proto-Indo-European *medÊ°i-, *meta (“with"). Cognate with North Frisian mits (“with"), Dutch met (“with"), German mit (“with"), Danish med (“with"), Icelandic meÃ° (“with"), Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ (metÃ¡, “among, between, with"), Albanian me (“with, together"), Sanskrit à¤¸à¥à¤®à¤¤à¥ (smat, “together, at the same time").
- Denoting the middle part.
- mid ocean
- Occupying a middle position; middle.
- mid finger
- mid hour of night
- (linguistics) Made with a somewhat elevated position of some certain part of the tongue, in relation to the palate; midway between the high and the low; said of certain vowel sounds; as, a (ale), / (/ll), / (/ld).
From Middle English mid, midde, from Old English midd (“mid, middle, midway"), from Proto-Germanic *midjaz (“mid, middle", adjective), from Proto-Indo-European *mÃ©dÊ°yos (“between, in the middle, middle"). Cognate with Dutch mits (“provided that"), German mitte (“center, middle, mean"), Icelandic miÃ°r (“middle", adjective), Latin medius (“middle, medium"). See also middle.
- (archaic) middle
From Middle English mid, midde, from Old English midd (“midst, middle", noun), from Proto-Germanic *midjÄ…, *midjÇ, *midjÃ´ (“middle, center") < *midjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *medhy- (“between, in the middle, middle"), *medÊ°yo-. Cognate with German Mitte (“center, middle, midst"), Danish midje (“middle"), Icelandic midja (“middle"). See also median, Latin medianus.
- Denoting the middle part.
- He's in his mid-thirties (meaning he is roughly around the age of 33-37, as opposed to one's early thirties "” aged roughly 30-33 "” and one's late thirties "” aged roughly around 37-39).
- He was born in the mid-1930s.
- Occupying a middle position.
- a mid-shoulder stretch
- During, in the middle of doing something.
- He was hit by a ball mid-jump.