middle

adjective
mid·​dle | \ ˈmi-dᵊl How to pronounce middle (audio) \

Definition of middle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : equally distant from the extremes : medial, central the middle house in the row
2 : being at neither extreme : intermediate
3 capitalized
a : constituting a division intermediate between those prior and later or upper and lower Middle Paleozoic
b : constituting a period of a language or literature intermediate between one called Old and one called New or Modern Middle Dutch
4 of a verb form or voice : typically asserting that a person or thing both performs and is affected by the action represented

middle

noun

Definition of middle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a middle part, point, or position
2 : the central portion of the human body : waist
3 : the position of being among or in the midst of something in the middle of the crowd
4 : something intermediate between extremes : mean
5 : the center of an offensive or defensive formation especially : the area between the second baseman and the shortstop
middle of nowhere
: an extremely remote and isolated place ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere

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Examples of middle in a Sentence

Adjective during the century's middle decades High temperatures today should be in the middle 80s. Franklin D. Roosevelt's middle initial stood for “Delano.” Noun A good essay will have a clear beginning, middle, and end. He stood exactly in the middle of the room. She opened the book to the middle and began to read. The car stopped in the middle of the road. The house should be finished by the middle of next summer. The beginning and ending of the movie were good, but the middle was pretty boring. She put her arms around his middle. He tied the sash around his middle.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But helping them on the other end have been middle infielders Willy Adames and Kolten Wong (when healthy) with their slick tagging skills. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 July 2021 Not all airlines are taking the step of blocking middle seats to prevent Covid-19 transmission, so if that's a priority for you, do your research beforehand and prepare to pay a bit extra with a premium carrier. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 19 July 2021 Young has shown the fearlessness to mix it up with tight ends, the savvy to blitz from the slot, the lateral quickness to cover middle-of-the-field routes and the speed to track big-play threats. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 19 July 2021 Lopez, whose family comes from the middle and southern reaches of the island, doesn’t like the acidity that tomatoes can add to the dish. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 While previous Luna missions primarily explored middle-latitude regions of the moon, Luna 25 is going to its south pole, a geological area that interests NASA and Jeff Bezos alike. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2021 David Fletcher is a soft-spoken middle infielder and a sixth-round draft choice who has sneaked up on stardom during four increasingly impressive seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Hopefully the Chicago White Sox Chairman had enough left over after his transaction to afford another middle reliever, or perhaps a starting second baseman, or maybe even another outfielder. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 17 July 2021 Javier Baez offers power, speed and flashy defense in the middle infield. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just as a veteran and playing the game a long time, a break in the middle can help the body and the mind. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 21 July 2021 As if it isn't given away in the title, the allegation leads to a duel to the death, with not only the knights' lives at stake, but also that of the woman in the middle. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 20 July 2021 Clint Capela, the rim-running pillar of rim protection in the middle for much of Harden’s reign, stabilized the interior for the Hawks, helping Trae Young and company make an unexpected run to the conference finals. Rahat Huq, Chron, 20 July 2021 Two Black neighborhoods — one built by Black activism, the other by white flight — became a single community, known as Eight Mile-Wyoming, with a wall in the middle. NBC news, 19 July 2021 The other is park, in which the course is a series of interlinking bowls with a few boxes placed on the perimeter and a concrete island in the middle. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2021 Her hair is now long, super straight, and casually parted in the middle with…wait? Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 19 July 2021 If Landman returns to form, Colorado’s defense will be solid in the middle. oregonlive, 19 July 2021 Many commentators says the county is in the middle a political and cultural civil war. John Blake, CNN, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of middle

Adjective

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for middle

Adjective

Middle English middel, from Old English; akin to Old English midde

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

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21 Jul 2021

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“Middle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for middle

middle

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of middle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: equally distant from the ends or sides : halfway between two points
: in a state or place between two things or people

middle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of middle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a middle part, point, or position
: the middle part of a person's body

middle

adjective
mid·​dle | \ ˈmi-dᵊl How to pronounce middle (audio) \

Kids Definition of middle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : equally distant from the ends : central the middle aisle
2 : being at neither extreme : halfway between two opposite states or conditions of middle size

middle

noun

Kids Definition of middle (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part, point, or position that is equally distant from the ends or opposite sides : center the middle of the room

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