\ ˈmid \

Definition of mid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being the part in the middle or midst in mid ocean often used in combination mid-August

2 : occupying a middle position

3 of a vowel : articulated with the arch of the tongue midway between its highest and its lowest elevation

Definition of mid (Entry 2 of 2)

: amid

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Other words from mid


mid adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for mid

Synonyms: Adjective

central, halfway, intermediary, intermediate, medial, median, mediate, medium, middle, midmost

Synonyms: Preposition

amid (or amidst), among (also amongst), midst, through

Antonyms: Adjective

extreme, farthest, farthermost, furthermost, furthest, outermost, outmost, remotest, utmost

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Examples of mid in a Sentence


the mid to late 1700s her mid molar will have to be extracted and replaced by a bridge


mid a tangle of weeds grew a perfect rose
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Even the Rangers coaches and players who worked out on the field in mid-afternoon found no reason to complain. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Texas Rangers: Choo was available, but Gallo hit in seventh. Here's why.," 9 July 2018 The shelter had 132 dog kennels for 250 dogs as of Thursday mid-afternoon. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Fireworks on Fourth strain Sacramento animal shelters already overcapacity," 5 July 2018 Mirabella Pool in the North End had around 150 visitors mid-afternoon. Alana Levene And Marek Mazurek, BostonGlobe.com, "Yes, it’s a real heat wave, and it will stick around through the holiday," 1 July 2018 Cars will be on the road for three days, with the Grand Prix itself running mid-afternoon on Sunday. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Formula One 'an opportunity like no other' for Miami, but will a deal get done?," 23 June 2018 The food: Breakfast, lunch and sweet treats are the name of the game at this downtown staple, where hungry 9-5ers line up for homemade biscuits, hummus bowls and mid-afternoon sugar fixes. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Try one of these top 13 best-reviewed Louisville restaurants of 2018," 15 June 2018 The average score as of mid-afternoon Thursday was more than 6 over par, just the way the USGA likes it. Brian Costa, WSJ, "A Rough Day at the U.S. Open for McIlroy, Spieth, Mickelson," 14 June 2018 Rain remains in the weather forecast for Tuesday, with most of it expected beginning in the mid-afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Melbourne. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rain expected to pay another visit Tuesday afternoon," 12 June 2018 Richardson sat in the window sill of his third-floor Capitol office, backlit in the mid-afternoon light as smoke wafted from his cigarette. Jason Hancock And Lindsay Wise, kansascity, "Behind the scenes of Eric Greitens' decision to resign. 'No one saw it coming.'," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of mid


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mid


Middle English, from Old English midde; akin to Old High German mitti middle, Latin medius, Greek mesos

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The first known use of mid was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of mid

: in or near the middle of something


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Kids Definition of mid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being the part in the middle mid-June

Kids Definition of mid (Entry 2 of 2)

: amid I hid mid the bushes.

Medical Definition of MID 

minimal infective dose

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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