mid·​sec·​tion | \ ˈmid-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce midsection (audio) \

Definition of midsection

: 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

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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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VanVleet shot a couple of stiff right forearms to Durant’s midsection, and Durant was whistled for a foul. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Why Kevin Durant’s injury is a growth opportunity — for all of us," 11 June 2019 The body’s stance is attentive, confident, and masculine, relaxed and approachable (arms only loosely crossed, wedding ring visible) but also guarded (protecting his midsection). Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Michelle Obama’s Mount Rushmore Moment," 14 Feb. 2018 Channel 12 News posted the video of a player being held down and punched in his midsection and chest as punishment for violating a tent rule by passing gas. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Parent upset Safford football coach not fired after camp incident," 17 July 2019 Gregus and head coach Adrian Heath felt his 18th-minute free kick went directly to Ike Opara, who pushed the ball into the goal with his midsection for a 1-0 lead at Allianz Field. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Jan Gregus’ team assists record enough to impress Minnesota United," 2 July 2019 Those caught exposing their midsections will be given a verbal warning. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "A mainstay of the Chinese summer, the ‘Beijing Bikini,’ is under threat," 20 June 2019 When the car was inspected, border agents found 5 pounds of meth worth $15,000 wrapped around the two passengers' midsections. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "9 arrested, 31.4 pounds of meth seized at border checkpoints near Arizona-California border," 27 June 2019 As parts of the nation’s midsection flooded this year, the lakes filled to the brim. Washington Post, "Rising waters in the Great Lakes puts endangered shorebird at greater risk," 17 June 2019 The swarm covered the midsection of a solitary bicycle chained to a post on Greenwich Street near the TriBeCa and SoHo areas of Manhattan, the NYPD Beekeepers tweeted. Fox News, "New York City police remove colony of bees swarming bike in Manhattan," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of midsection

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of midsection was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of midsection

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


mid·​sec·​tion | \ ˈmid-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce midsection (audio) \

Medical Definition of midsection

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

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