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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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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Recent Examples on the Web When prosecutors played the first video, Floyd looked stoic and sad, hugging his midsection lightly and swiveling in his chair. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Derek Chauvin trial live: Body-camera video shows Chauvin's reaction to George Floyd encounter," 1 Apr. 2021 And while some — notably, moms — were scandalized by how tight skinny jeans were, I was just thrilled about not having my buttcrack out and my midsection on display. Irina Grechko, refinery29.com, "So You’ve Been Told That Your Skinny Jeans Are Lame…," 12 Feb. 2021 While offering maximum protection, ski bibs also come in minimalist backcountry styles, which cut away fabric in the midsection to shed some pounds. Outdoor Life, "Best Ski Pants: Top Ski Clothing For This Winter Season," 24 Feb. 2021 Exactly what role climate change played in bringing frigid arctic air to the country's midsection is a matter of scientific debate. Drew Kann, CNN, "Texas' dangerous week in the dark is a wake-up call for the country's infrastructure," 20 Feb. 2021 The pointed tip still carries enough weight for powerful swinging cuts, while the wide midsection is brawny enough to chop firewood and fell heavy shrubs and small trees. Outdoor Life, "The Best Machete to Cut, Slash, and Bash through Anything," 19 Feb. 2021 Even as a new herd of giraffe-like towers cranes over the midtown skyline and airy work dens keep popping up at the edges, a vast stash of 50- to 70-year-old modernist office buildings sits in Manhattan’s wide midsection, begging for new purpose. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "Would You Want to Live in an Office Tower on East 38th Street?," 19 Feb. 2021 Winter weather that has overwhelmed power grids unprepared for climate change and left millions without electricity in record-breaking cold kept its grip on the nation’s midsection Wednesday. Paul J. Weber And, BostonGlobe.com, "Texas braces for more cold, ice, and snow as millions are still without power," 17 Feb. 2021 The weather map on Tuesday shows areas of wintry precipitation will be found from the midsection of the nation to the Northeast. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Fun (?) With Cold Weather Statistics," 8 Feb. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Midsection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midsection. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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