midway

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adverb

mid·​way ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio)
-ˈwā
: in the middle of the way or distance : halfway

midway

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noun

mid·​way ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio)
: an avenue at a fair, carnival, or amusement park for concessions and amusements

Examples of midway in a Sentence

Adverb You should begin reading at the paragraph that begins midway down the page. They took the lead midway through the second period. Noun We played every game on the midway.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
Goals from Nolan Walker and Cade Borchardt sent the game to overtime, where Jeremy McKenna continued his hot week with the game-winner midway through the extra session. Zach Welch, Kansas City Star, 8 Apr. 2024 Bobrovsky made several strong saves midway through the second to keep the game tied, including a cross-crease pad stop on Morgan Geekie, who corralled a Brad Marchand pass in the right circle. Miami Herald, 7 Apr. 2024 He was shut down midway through his rookie year for Tommy John surgery, had carpal tunnel surgery in 2020 and has dealt with thoracic outlet syndrome since 2022. Greg Rosenstein, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2024 DiVincenzo hit a pair of 3s midway through the third quarter to cut Sacramento’s lead to six, leading Sacramento to call a timeout. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 5 Apr. 2024 Ludington State Park, Ludington, Michigan Located midway along Lake Michigan's eastern shore, Ludington is home to 28 miles of sandy beaches. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2024 But the decision was taken out of her hands midway through the process. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2024 The Mavericks went up by eight on a pullup jumper by Irving midway through the second quarter and extended the lead to nine on a 3-pointer by Doncic with 2:47 to play in the half. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024 The Sharks were competitive in the first four games of the trip, but everything went off the rails midway through the second period Tuesday. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Midway (Plaisance), Chicago, site of the amusement section of the Columbian Exposition 1893

First Known Use

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of midway was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Midway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midway. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

midway

1 of 2 adverb or adjective
mid·​way ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio)
-ˈwā
: in the middle of the way or distance : halfway

midway

2 of 2 noun
mid·​way ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio)
: an avenue at a fair, carnival, or amusement park for food stands, games of chance or skill, and amusement rides

Geographical Definition

Midway

geographical name

Mid·​way ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce Midway (audio)
islands (atoll) in the central Pacific 1300 miles (2092 kilometers) west-northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, belonging to the U.S.; area 2 square miles (5.2 square kilometers)

Note: Midway, administered by the U.S., is in the Hawaiian group of islands but is not incorporated in the state of Hawaii.

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