mid·​sec·​tion | \-ˌsek-shən \

Definition of midsection 

: a section midway between the extremes especially : midriff sense 2

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Synonyms for midsection


middle, midriff, waist, waistline

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Examples of midsection in a Sentence

Grassy plains used to cover large portions of America's midsection. the midsection of the boat He threw a hard punch to my midsection.
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The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in Melbourne, Australia today in a form-fitting Dion Lee dress that visibly hugged her midsection, allowing for a glimpse of her evolving shape—along with a flash of bare leg revealed by a cut-away panel of fabric. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Shows Off a New Baby Bump Confidence in Melbourne," 18 Oct. 2018 While her midsection was covered in black feathers, the bottom portion of her look revealed two thigh-high slits. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Keri Russell Wore the Sexiest Feathered Black Dress on the Emmys Red Carpet," 18 Sep. 2018 The accompanying gore is similarly contained, at least in the beginning and midsection of the film: Where Argento’s Suspiria exults in blood early and exorbitantly, Guadagnino’s version is relatively bloodless until the very end. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 The fixes were black rings that loop around the animals’ midsections like life preservers and are made of neoprene, which provides buoyancy, is soft on a sea dragon and can withstand saltwater. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "To save fish that can’t swim, veterinarian made them tiny floaties," 4 Sep. 2018 At his workstation, Horton rests the blowpipe's midsection on a metal arm. C.j. Chivers, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Man Glassblowing These Gorgeous Retro Fishing Lures," 26 Apr. 2016 But how best to determine value, especially if the place in question is an upscale churrascaria-esque entry, dedicated to padding your midsection with an onslaught of delicate thin-crust pizzas? Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 On my pouchy midsection is a map of stretch marks, two giant babies’ worth. Laura Goode, Glamour, "No Thanks, Kylie—I’ll Keep My 'Post-Baby Body'," 22 Mar. 2018 Oliveira landed a right that buckled Guida and Guida, perhaps out of desperation, lunged into his midsection, which proved a fatal mistake. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Clay Guida, Mike Santiago lose on home turf at Chicago's UFC 225," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of midsection

1890, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of midsection

: a middle section, part, or area; especially : the area around a person's middle


mid·​sec·​tion | \ˈmid-ˌsek-shən \

Medical Definition of midsection 

: a section midway between the extremes especially : midriff sense 2

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