\ 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

Authorities in South Carolina said two people were killed Thursday when a mid-sized jet ran off the runway and split in two. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Two dead after jet runs off South Carolina runway," 27 Sep. 2018 Whenever your hair is feeling dry or straw-like, apply the oil to damp strands from mid-shaft to the ends. Redbook, "How to Look Like You Just Left the Salon," 27 Nov. 2018 The jacket, which currently retails for $229.99, is made of recycled wool and hits about mid-calf. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s Versatile Winter Jacket Is From Mango and It’s Still Available," 20 Nov. 2018 The original releases of those mid-to-late-'90s Spyro and Crash games didn't include subtitle options in their original incarnations either. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Activision ignores accessibility guidelines, skips Spyro subtitles," 19 Nov. 2018 Photo by Koukichi Takahashi / EyeEm / Getty Images Old Victorian homes have been associated with Halloween’s haunts and horrors since the mid-to-late 19th century. Margaret Lin, Curbed, "This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’," 5 Oct. 2018 Wait until mid-to-late fall, then apply a dry lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas; be careful not to miss any spots. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "6 Tips to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall," 24 Aug. 2018 Another six nursing homes also planned to evacuate as of mid-afternoon. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Hurricane Michael Forces Florida Hospitals to Shut Down," 12 Oct. 2018 Tesla says delivery for the new mid-range Model 3 should take six to 10 weeks. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla quietly drops “full self-driving” option as it adds $45,000 Model 3," 19 Oct. 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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