Middle voice


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Middle voice (Gram) See under Voice.
    • Middle voice (Gram) that form of the verb by which its subject is represented as both the agent, or doer, and the object of the action, that is, as performing some act to or upon himself, or for his own advantage.
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  • Sidney J. Harris
    “Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, Why not? and the other, Why bother?”


In literature:

I was, however, awakened in the middle watch by old Tom's voice.
"Happy Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
A mistake in this direction not only ruins the middle register but destroys the voice altogether.
"The Child-Voice in Singing" by Francis E. Howard
I was, however, awakened in the middle watch by old Tom's voice.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
She was in the middle of some conventional sentence when she suddenly stopped short, and her voice trailed off in a babyish quiver.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
In these instances there is a fragment of melody in the middle voice.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The woman was middle-aged, with a pleasant voice and a capable manner.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Miss Baker's voice was for a middle course.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Her middle voice showed wear.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
The unknown, whose voice betrayed her sex, was of middle height, and young, as far as one could judge from the elasticity of her movements.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
He merely asserts with his loudest voice that his middlings are not middlings.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
In English there is neither a passive nor a middle voice.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
His voice had rather high upper notes, and very resonant middle notes.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Do not needlessly shift the subject, voice, or mode in the middle of a sentence.
"The Century Handbook of Writing" by Garland Greever
Yet a voice brilliant to the point of hardness can be mellowed by middle or backward production.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
In the middle of his next cigarette, Bennington heard a familiar voice speaking outside the office door.
"Take the Reason Prisoner" by John Joseph McGuire
Suddenly Aunt Jane's voice ceased in the middle of a word.
"The Land of Long Ago" by Eliza Calvert Hall
And she had heard the middle voice of the Middle Bear, but it was only as if she had heard some one speaking in a dream.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Various
It was the voice of Mrs. Miller, who had been lying in the middle of the boat.
"The Lost Warship" by Robert Moore Williams
He was a fine-looking, middle-aged man, and his voice said at once that he expected to be obeyed.
"Every Girl's Library, Volume 8 of 10" by Various
A silent, yet sympathetic audience were these two men of middle age, smiling to themselves over the gay voices and childish sallies.
"Red Rowans" by Flora Annie Steel

In news:

They are indispensable in assuring that minority, working class and middle class people have a voice in our democracy.
Local residents were given the chance to ask questions and voice their opinions about the future of the middle school at the community meeting at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.
Paul Harvey, Homespun Radio Voice of Middle America, Is Dead at 90.
Sony Pictures The bearded one in the middle is voiced by Hugh Grant.
The world's top scholar of peaceful protest is helping a generation of young activists in the Middle East find their voice.
Voices of the Middle East.
While President Obama has voiced support for pro-democracy uprisings across the Middle East, the instability has made Israel's Netanyahu wary of making concessions for peace.
He had a very distinctive voice and played it down the middle, which worked well in this city.
Oakridge Middle School will present The Golden Voices and the Talon Group in concert at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Nov 28.
Voices & Vibes: LBC Middle holds first Public Safety Awareness Day.
The amplification of extreme voices is one consequence of budding democracies in the Middle East, but citizens insist that those voices remain on the fringe.
Voices & Vibes: North Augusta Middle School students Mix It Up at lunch.
A voice for peace during Middle East violence.
Several years ago, Jennifer Lynch answered her phone in the middle of the night and heard a voice mutter, "You're the sickest bitch I know".
I am furious that the current legislation is aimed at taking away my voice as a taxpayer, as a voter, as a school employee and as a member of the middle class.

In science:

To exclude the effect of loudness change, I put a voice recorder in appropriate distances with a piano to keep the SPL the same and recorded its sound when a key in the middle range was pressed with different magnitudes of forces.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone