middle

adjective
mid·dle | \ ˈmi-dᵊl \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for middle

Synonyms: Adjective

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

Synonyms: Noun

center, core, midpoint, midst

Antonyms: Adjective

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

Antonyms: Noun

perimeter, periphery

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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

Recruiting middle schoolers isn't out of the ordinary for U-M, which in May offered Tyler Martin, who played linebacker for Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham, Browne & Nichols High School last season as an eighth-grader. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football offers scholarship to 7th-grade Southfield QB," 19 June 2018 College costs have skyrocketed in the last decade, which may be a reason for the enrollment decline among middle-income students. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Study: More middle-income students squeezed from top colleges," 12 July 2018 While middle-income folks are bogged down with stagnant wages, those in upper echelons are realizing ever-widening advantage. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Philadelphians feel squeezed as U.S. economy seems to hum. That's a poverty problem," 9 July 2018 Assembly Bill 3148: Would have required Covered California to offer additional financial assistance to low- and middle-income people purchasing insurance through the exchange. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Here are the 16 health care bills proposed after California shelved single-payer," 6 July 2018 Residents still displaced by the storm, or who are low- to middle-income, will be given priority for funds, according to the housing and community development office. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Homeowners, renters and infrastructure focus of Harris County's $1.1B Harvey HUD grant," 28 June 2018 That’s according to City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, who said as many as 839 apartments for low- and middle-income residents may be vacant. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Amid housing crunch, Bostonians seeking affordable apartments face delays, bureaucracy," 27 June 2018 Under legislation passed in the final minutes of this year’s General Assembly session, the state would spend $15 million a year on scholarships worth as much as $5,000 to low- and middle-income students starting their community college educations. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "500 Baltimore public school students accepted in free community college program," 25 June 2018 For the third quintile, middle-income Americans, the increase was much smaller, from 12.6% to 15.4%. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "How Income Equality Helped Trump," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The show features the kind of dense, explosive storytelling that benefits from a clear beginning, middle, and end. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "A well-timed ‘Handmaid’s’ hiatus," 9 July 2018 And stories, unlike jokes, need three parts: a beginning, middle and an end. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Nanette': How Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special could revolutionize standup comedy," 5 July 2018 In New York, elementary, middle, and high school curriculum will include mental health. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "New York and Virginia Become the First States to Require Mental Health Education in Schools," 4 July 2018 An officer reported seeing two men fighting in the middle of Village Center Drive by Burr Ridge Parkway at 4:23 p.m. July 7, but neither wanted to sign a complaint. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Burr Ridge officers follow suspects in eight car burglaries onto I-55 before losing them," 14 July 2018 But against Auburn in the national title game, the Ducks could muster only 75 yards on 32 carries in a 22–19 loss, thanks in large part to the disruptive presence of Fairley in the middle of the Tigers’ line. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 The departure of Jensen created a hole in the middle of the unit, and the hope is that Skura — who replaced Yanda at right guard — can fill that gap. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2018 position-by-position breakdown: offensive line," 13 July 2018 Taylor and Clifford were in the middle of everything for the Wildcats during Thursday’s 12-10, eight-inning loss to Wheaton North in the Glenbard South Regional championship game of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. Blake Baumgartner, Naperville Sun, "Middle men: Nick Taylor and Nolan Clifford answer call but Neuqua Valley loses in eight innings," 13 July 2018 More than a year ago an agreement was reached for land to build in the middle of Overtown. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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