mid·​point | \ ˈmid-ˌpȯint How to pronounce midpoint (audio) , -ˈpȯint \

Definition of midpoint

: a point at or near the center or middle

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Examples of midpoint in a Sentence

The crowd begins to leave after the midpoint of the final period. The team is in last place at the midpoint of the season. the midpoint between her knee and ankle The train stopped to refuel at the midpoint between New York and Chicago. the midpoint of one side of the rectangle
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Recent Examples on the Web The Blue Devils went up 22 at the midpoint of the second half. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball 'embarrassed' by subpar effort in home loss to Duke," 4 Dec. 2019 At the midpoint of the journey, visitors can choose to visit Holiday Village. cleveland, "Magic of Lights at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds features vivid displays, abundant holiday spirit," 30 Nov. 2019 At the midpoint, New York was last in the league in total offense (209.6 yards per game) and 31st in points per game with 11.1. Joe Kay, courant.com, "Jets try for 4th straight win; winless Bengals go back to Dalton," 30 Nov. 2019 At the midpoint of the range, general-purpose credit card APRs are hovering around 21 percent, Rossman said. NBC News, "Americans are holding record levels of credit card debt — but still planning a holiday splurge," 21 Nov. 2019 The Patriots didn't cross midfield until Brady connected with Benjamin Watson for 22 yards to the Eagles 31 near the midpoint of the second quarter. oregonlive, "New England Patriots hold off the Philadelphia Eagles: Recap, score, stats and more," 17 Nov. 2019 Tom Allen’s team was ahead 21-0 before the first quarter reached its midpoint. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU football takes care of business, buries lowly Rutgers, 35-0," 12 Oct. 2019 Container ships float idly on Lake Gatun, near the midpoint of the Panama Canal, awaiting passage to the Caribbean sea, their gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. The Economist, "Climate change threatens the Panama Canal," 19 Sep. 2019 Krug and Karlsson are different players, but in a pay pool in which one player has a way of lifting all ships, the next number for Krug will start at the midpoint between his current $5.25 million and Karlsson’s $11.5 million — roughly $8.5 million. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Torey Krug wants to remain a Bruin — at the right price," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of midpoint

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Dec 2019

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“Midpoint.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midpoint. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of midpoint

: a point at the middle of something : a point halfway between two ends

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