mid·​sec·​tion ˈmid-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce midsection (audio)
: a middle section, part, or area : a section midway between the extremes
Normally, the jet stream, a five-mile-high river of air, steers storms directly across the midsection of the United States …Stephen H. Schneider
especially : the mid-region of the human torso : midriff sense 1
The swinging motion of baseball players and golfers requires strength throughout the entire midsection, not only to hit the ong ball but also to avoid injuries. Joe Weider
The two doctors ordered a CT scan of the man's midsection, and they stood next to a computer terminal and toggled through images of his internal organs, deeply concerned. Gardiner Harris

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Belly fat—also known as abdominal or visceral fat—resides around your midsection and surrounds internal organs like the intestines and pancreas.1 Different factors, such as aging or eating and physical activity habits, can affect belly fat. Carey Rossi, Health, 9 Apr. 2024 As males age, fat tends to be gained around the midsection, the worst place to gain fat. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 4 Apr. 2024 Holmes posed in a deep V-neck black cashmere Chanel cardigan that had her midsection slightly exposed. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 The seat-belt extenders were placed around Collins’ midsection for approximately two hours in order to keep him seated for the remainder of the flight, the document states. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 The incident was prompted by a tugboat and a barge, which struck the bridge, causing a midsection of the bridge to tumble 80 feet into the bay below. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 And when that happened, the other officers descended on him, kicking him repeatedly, mostly in the midsection. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 27 Mar. 2024 Press-ups: Getting abs is all about strengthening your midsection. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024 At the Chanel event, Holmes wore a pantsuit that revealed a glimpse of her midsection with a one-button cardigan. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of midsection was in 1890

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“Midsection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midsection. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


mid·​sec·​tion ˈmid-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce midsection (audio)
: a section midway between the extremes
especially : midriff sense 2
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