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

As a middle linebacker, Tom and his TKE brothers were league champions. courant.com, "Thomas Michael Burke," 10 June 2019 The popular 20th-century publication catered to middle-class America, and Eisenstaedt’s images reflected their interests and values. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Museum of Art exhibit shows the U.S. through the lens of celebrated photographer Alfred Eisentstaedt," 9 June 2019 Meantime, Williams said, middle-class Washingtonians had seen the value in alley housing. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The District’s alleys were once grim slums. A few were reborn as hip destinations.," 9 June 2019 Dupree communicates and guides traffic like a middle linebacker in football. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Candice Dupree, Natalie Achonwa lead Fever to dominant win over Dallas," 8 June 2019 On Wednesday, Nate Gerry was the first team middle linebacker, Kamu Grugier-Hill was the weakside and Zach Brown was the strong-side. Jeff Mclane, https://www.inquirer.com, "Eagles Practice Observations: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside shines in the red zone; Sidney Jones caps solid OTAs with an INT; Malik Jackson arrives," 5 June 2019 Gone were pass-rushing standout Josh Allen and six other starters who had moved on from a stingy unit on which Daniel, a middle linebacker, also played a pivotal role. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "Kentucky needs to replace 7 starters off dominant defense," 12 Apr. 2019 Private Life is about Rachel and Richard (Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti), two middle-aged New York literary types who can't get pregnant. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "This Netflix Movie Perfectly Pinpoints What's So Maddening About IVF," 11 Oct. 2018 Four-star signee Chris Oats, who picked UK over Ohio State, will likely be needed at middle linebacker as well. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK Insider: Which freshmen will play or sit this football season?," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Late last year, Tuttle was on a normal training run in the middle of George Bush Park when his calf started hurting. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Kelliwood runner sets the pace for good health," 10 June 2019 Julius Gonzalez led off with his second hit, a single up the middle, took second on a wild pitch and went to third when the shortstop misplayed Aiden Heimann's grounder. Scott French, latimes.com, "Seaview uses pitching, baserunning to top Costa Mesa American," 8 June 2019 Derek Dietrich showed his range on a ball up the middle, making a jumping throw from where the shortstop usually stands. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Jay Bruce homers in home debut with Philadelphia Phillies, hands Cincinnati Reds 4-2 loss," 8 June 2019 Gaich started the 13th with a single up the middle, and went to third on junior Michael McNamara’s one-out single. cleveland.com, "St. Ignatius defeats Hilliard Darby 4-3 in extra innings to reach Div. I baseball title game," 7 June 2019 His only major mistake was a middle-of-the-plate fastball that Michael Conforto rocketed off the second-deck facade in the sixth inning. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela outpitched Jacob deGrom to beat Mets," 7 June 2019 Housing, transportation and other expenses are crushing middle-to-lower-income families. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "A nanny is the go-to for the kids. How can these parents reconnect?," 6 June 2019 Ignore the pressure to infuse wit, private jokes, or a beginning, middle, and end to your first draft. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know to Write Your Own Wedding Vows," 5 June 2019 Fourth round, 108th overall: New Mexico State shortstop Joey Ortiz By selecting Ortiz, the Orioles started out five-for-five in picking up-the-middle position players. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles Day 2 draft tracker: New Mexico State shortstop Joey Ortiz selected in fourth round," 4 June 2019

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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 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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