Middle definition

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Equally distant from extremes or limits; central.

The middle point on a line.

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Being at neither one extreme nor the other, as of a sequence or scale; intermediate.

The middle decades of the century.

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(logic) A middle term.
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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.

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Middle is defined as the area that is at the center.

An example of a middle is a person's stomach, called "his middle."

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Halfway between two given points, times, limits, etc.; also, equally distant from all sides or extremities; in the center; mean.
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In between; intermediate; intervening.
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(geol.) Designating a division of a period or a formation between those called Upper and Lower.
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A point or part halfway between extremes; middle point, part, time, etc.
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Something intermediate.
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The middle part of the body; waist.
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(gram.) The middle voice.
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To put in the middle.
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The middle of a circle is the point which has the same distance to every point of circle.

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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.

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(cricket) The middle stump.
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The central part of a human body.
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(grammar) Of, relating to, or being a verb form or voice in which the subject both performs and is affected by the action specified.
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Of or relating to a division of geologic time between an earlier and a later division.

The Middle Paleozoic.

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Of or relating to a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages.

Middle Swedish.

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The middle voice.
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A verb form in the middle voice.
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Designating a stage in language development intermediate between those called Old and Modern.

Middle English.

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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.
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In or of the middle voice.
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(grammar) The middle voice.
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Located in the middle; in between.

The middle point.

Middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages.

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Pertaining to the middle voice.
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An area or a point equidistant between extremes; a center.

The middle of a circle.

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Something intermediate between extremes.

The middle of the story.

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The middle part of the human body; the waist.
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To place in the middle.
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(nautical) To fold in the middle.

Middle the sail.

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in the middle
  • In a difficult situation:
    Caught in the middle of a controversy.
  • Engaged in doing something:
    I'm in the middle of making dinner.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
middle
Plural:
middles

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in the middle

Origin of middle

  • Middle English middel from Old English medhyo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English middel, from Old English middel, middle (“middle, centre, waist"), from Proto-Germanic *midilÄ…, *medalÄ… (“middle"), a diminutive of Proto-Germanic *midjō (“middle, midst") (cf. *midjaz (“mid, middle", adjective)), from Proto-Indo-European *medhy- (“middle, midst"), cf. *médÊ°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 meðal (“means, medicine"). See also mid.

    From Wiktionary