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 three Supreme Court picks could still be on the court at the 21st century’s midpoint, 30 years from now. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump made lasting impact on federal courts," 26 Dec. 2020 The Detroit Red Wings normally relish the Christmas break, coming right around the midpoint of the season, as a chance to relax and reboot. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Ho, Ho, Hockeytown: A holiday guide to Detroit Red Wings' past, present and future," 26 Dec. 2020 Note: The midpoint on these charts reflects the seven-day case average on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, because there were significant data irregularities in most states on the holiday itself. New York Times, "As Christmas Nears, Virus Experts Look for Lessons From Thanksgiving," 20 Dec. 2020 That estimate showed there were about 332.6 million people in the U.S. on census day, April 1, according to the midpoint figure from the bureau’s demographic analysis. Janet Adamy And Paul Overberg, WSJ, "Census Estimates U.S. Population Grew 8% in Last Decade, Slowest Since the 1930s," 15 Dec. 2020 This week, the midpoint of Oregon State’s 2020 football season, The Oregonian/OregonLive fired questions at Barnes about football, basketball and other sports. oregonlive, "Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes talks football in a pandemic, should basketball be played, future ticket prices, baseball schedule: Q&A," 25 Nov. 2020 And because most stars originate as binaries that collide, the blue ring nebula fills in an important midpoint of the timeline from massive debris cloud to clear, shining star. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Astronomers Crack the Case of the Blue Ring Nebula," 23 Nov. 2020 The midpoint falls slightly short of analysts’ estimates, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Jordyn Holman, Bloomberg.com, "Lowe’s Slumps After Missing Estimates as Expenses Pile Up," 18 Nov. 2020 The next step is to hopefully find more such midpoint events, preferably involving stars with different solar masses. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "When stars collide: Solving the 16-year mystery of the Blue Ring Nebula," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of midpoint

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of midpoint was in the 14th century

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12 Jan 2021

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“Midpoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midpoint. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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