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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According to the Albuquerque Journal, the 64-year-old Davie several times during the game could be seen with his hands on his midsection and chest. Glen Rosales, chicagotribune.com, "New Mexico coach Bob Davie hospitalized after ‘serious’ incident," 1 Sep. 2019 Lover runs long, and despite a strong front half the album sags a bit in the midsection by design — a shame, since a sense of experimentation ebbs and flows throughout. Larry Fitzmaurice, EW.com, "Lover is pure Taylor Swift, at her most content and confident," 23 Aug. 2019 The 20-year-old shortstop, who seemingly every game takes another step toward running away with the National League Rookie of the Year race, stumbled entering his head-first slide and got the arm caught beneath his midsection. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Tatis, Abrams scares; 20-20 in ’19; Naylor’s celebration; Urias’ contribution," 10 Aug. 2019 There was even more physical play later on, as Morgan, who took a shot to the midsection in the opening minutes and went down in a heap before playing on, drew the all-important penalty in the box, taking a high boot in the process. Laken Litman, SI.com, "Rapinoe, Lavelle Recover to Lead USWNT to Historic Fourth World Cup Title," 7 July 2019 The simple circle, marketed as a new fitness tool to tone the midsection, sold an estimated 25 million units in its first four months. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 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

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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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