middle

Definitions

  • 15 Middle lap
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj middle equally distant from the extremes
    • adj middle between an earlier and a later period of time "in the middle years","in his middle thirties"
    • adj middle of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages "Middle English is the English language from about 1100 to 1500","Middle Gaelic"
    • adj middle being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series "adolescence is an awkward in-between age","in a mediate position","the middle point on a line"
    • v middle put in the middle
    • n middle the middle area of the human torso (usually in front) "young American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable"
    • n middle an intermediate part or section "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle"
    • n middle an area that is approximately central within some larger region "it is in the center of town","they ran forward into the heart of the struggle","they were in the eye of the storm"
    • n middle time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period "the middle of the war","rain during the middle of April"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Middle-aged Novice Middle-aged Novice
BLOCK AT CORNER OF CENTRAL AND MIDDLE STREETS, 1848 BLOCK AT CORNER OF CENTRAL AND MIDDLE STREETS, 1848
SPLASH! SPLASH! THEY FELL INTO THE VERY MIDDLE OF THE DITCH SPLASH! SPLASH! THEY FELL INTO THE VERY MIDDLE OF THE DITCH
Finding the middle Finding the middle
SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range:...
You better take a fresh middle You better take a fresh middle
Middling purifier Middling purifier
Map Illustrating the Struggle for the Hudson River and the Middle States Map Illustrating the Struggle for the Hudson River and the Middle States

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The slowest growing finger nail is on the thumb nail and the fastest growing is the finger nail on the middle finger
    • Middle Equally distant from the extreme either of a number of things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the middle house in a row; a middle rank or station in life; flowers of middle summer; men of middle age.
    • Middle Intermediate; intervening. "Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends."
    • n Middle The point or part equally distant from the extremities or exterior limits, as of a line, a surface, or a solid; an intervening point or part in space, time, or order of series; the midst; central portion "The middle of the land.""In this, as in most questions of state, there is a middle ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, peacocks and swans were sometimes served at Christmas dinners
    • middle Equally distant from the extremes or limits; mean; middling: as, the middle point of a line; the middle time of life.
    • middle Intervening; intermediate.
    • middle In grammar: Intermediale between active and passive: applied to a body of verb-forms of which the office is more or less distinctly reflexive, or denotes the subject as acting on or for or with reference to itself, often answering to an English intransitive verb: as, middle voice, middle ending, middle tense. Such forms, distinguished by their endings, belonged to the original Indo-European verb, and are retained by some of the extant languages, especially Sanskrit and Greek. In Greek the middle voice (ή μεση διάθεσις, μεσότης) serves also as passive, except in the future and aorist.
    • middle Intermediate between smooth (unaspirated) and rough (aspirated): as, a middle (medial) mute. See mute, n
    • middle Nautical, a shallow place, as a bank or bar.
    • n middle The point or part equally distant from the extremities, limits, of extremes; a mean.
    • n middle Specifically, the middle part of the human body; the waist.
    • n middle An intervening point or part in space, time, or arrangement; something intermediate.
    • n middle In logic, same as middle term.
    • n middle In grammar, same as middle voice. See I., 3.
    • n middle Synonyms Center, Midst, Middle. Center is a precise word, ordinarily applied to circular, globular, or regular bodies: as, the center of a circle, globe, field; but it is used wherever a similar exactness appears to exist: as, the center of a crowd. Midst regards the person or thing as enveloped or surrounded on all sides, especially by that which is close upon him or it, thick or dense: as, in the midst of the forest, the waves, troubles, one's thoughts. Except as thus modified by the idea of envelopment or close environment, the old idea of midst as meaning the middle point (see Gen. i. 6; Josh. vii. 23; 1 Ki. xxii. 35) is quite obsolete. Midst is very often used abstractly or figuratively, center rarely, middle never. Middle is often applied to extent in only-one direction: as, the middle of the street, of a block of houses, of a string; it is often less precise than center: compare the center and the middle of a room.
    • middle To set or place in the middle. Specifically
    • middle In foot-ball, to kick or drive (the ball) into the middle, so that it may be kicked through the goal.
    • middle To balance or compromise.
    • middle To ascertain or mark the middle of (as of a line), by doubling or otherwise; fold in the middle; double, as a rope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Grover Cleveland's real first name is Stephen, Grover is his middle name.
    • Middle the Latin of the middle age between 600 and 1500 A.D
    • adj Middle mid′l equally distant from the extremes: intermediate: intervening:
    • n Middle the middle point or part: midst: central portion, waist
    • adv Middle moderately
    • adj Middle mid′l (gram.) intermediate between active and passive, reflexive
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Quotations

  • Bob Hope
    Bob%20Hope
    “Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.”
  • Ayn Rand
    Ayn%20Rand
    “Upper classes are a nation's past, the middle class its future.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “You will go most safely in the middle.”
  • Martin Zimet
    Martin Zimet
    “There is no money to be made at the bottom. There's no money to made in the middle. But there's a lot to be made at the top.”

Idioms

Middle of nowhere - If someone says that he/she is in the middle of nowhere, he/she means that he/she is not sure where he/she is.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. middel, AS. middel,; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel,. √271. See Mid (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. middelmid; Dut. middel, Ger. mittel.

Usage

In literature:

There is a fort dating from the middle of the 18th century.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
One afternoon, towards the middle of February, he surprised her in a state of great mental excitement.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The Old Stone Age, or Palaeolithic Period, yields three well-marked subdivisions, termed Early, Middle, and Late.
"Progress and History" by Various
It was the Commonwealth Period that gave to the middle class its first taste of power.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
When it is carried with two other flags, it should be in the middle.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Find middle of nine-inch edges and draw lines 1-2, 2-3, and 2-4.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
His arrow flew surely to the target and struck it full in the middle.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Lines radiated from his middle to the signs of the zodiac.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The whiskey settled in the middle of the ache like a tiny campfire in the middle of a blizzard.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Flour them, and put them into boiling water: half an hour will be sufficient for one of middling size.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
I have found it before the middle of June.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The supply of running water ceased about the middle of October.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
I got exceedingly hot, but, up to the middle of the second set, I enjoyed myself.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
Off she went in quiet dress, and looked a quiet lady or middle-class woman.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
In some places, in the middle of the last century, this salutation was accompanied with a kiss.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
It was but a step from these to the spinning-wheels and looms of the Middle Ages.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Plant in April, in the middle states, about two feet apart.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Since he left Wellington he had grown a little in every direction and had become a large middle aged boy.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
But about the middle of Edward III.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Borromini was much employed in the middle of the 17th century at Rome.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

It was a knight of the southern land
Rode forth upon the way
When the birds sang sweet on either hand
About the middle of the May.
"Love's Reward" by William Morris
"City and plain had felt his reign
From the North to the Middle Sea,
And he'd now sat down in the noble town
Of the King of Saxony.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
Beside him from my birth I grew,
E'en to the middle time of youth,
And never was there heart so true,
Though shy of all the shows of truth.
"Rhyme of my Playmate" by Alice Cary
When rushing quick, that wind came by,
And he felt his armour shake ;
And it whirl'd in wreaths for five feet round
The middle of the lake.
"The Black Knight Of The Water" by Anne Bannerman
"She has got rings on every finger,
And on one finger she has got three;
With as much gay gold about her middle
As would buy half Northumberlee.
"The Loving Ballad Of Lord Bateman" by Andrew Lang
All in this prison there grew a tree,
O there it grew so stout and strong!
Where he was chained all by the middle,
Until his life was almost gone.
"The Loving Ballad Of Lord Bateman" by Andrew Lang

In news:

T he United States is backing off from the Middle East — and the Middle East from the United States.
Students from Oxford Middle and High schools as well as Lafayette Middle School took part in programs this week aimed at helping them realize the importance of good grades in its impact on future career choices.
MIDDLE EARTH AT MIDDLE AGE / Handyman's married woman .
State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (middle, left) and State Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman (middle, right) attend a meeting in Corpus Christi Friday.
Middle Ages and middle age.
They're in the middle of a conversation or they're in the middle of just being themselves—whatever it is, Neel 's late paintings, on exhibit now at the David Zwirner gallery, are richly intimate.
That means we are typically in the middle of the middle class.
Connor Baxter, 18, Molokai, Hawaii, talks with middle-schoolers at South Lake Middle School in Irvine to talk about saying no to drugs and embracing a healthy lifestyle as related to the upcoming Red Ribbon Week.
Only Northeast Elementary and Middle Schools have walking tracks within the Lauderdale County School District, and Northeast Middle also features a state-of-the-art fitness room for 7th and 8th graders a well as faculty.
But Brooklyn's own Rep Weiner just announced the formation of the Bi-partisan Caucus on the Middle Class, dedicated to promoting middle class activities like BBQing, watching cable, and losing health care benefits.
As a boy on the farm, I stayed barefoot from the middle of March until the middle of October.
A crane falls in the middle of the interstate during the middle of the day and work continues on as if nothing happened.
Seventh grader career exploration classes at Granbury Middle School and Acton Middle School viewed a rocketry demonstration by Tarleton State University students on Friday.
Slaton Middle School, has been named as the Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.
The Kane Area Middle School September AR winners are Joey Newton (left, eighth grade), Christopher Park (middle, seventh grade), and Clayton Detrick (right, sixth grade).
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In science:

It possesses Van Hove singularity in the middle of the band, which extends from −8t to +8t.
Interplay of Disorder and Correlations
For example, a monic polynomial in Z[x] is an ordinary Weil q -polynomial if and only if it is of even degree 2n, all of its roots are Weil numbers, and its middle coefficient (that is, the coefficient of xn ) is coprime to q .
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
But this follows from hypothesis (3), because the middle coefficient of f differs from the constant term of g by a multiple of q .
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
The middle of the gap coincides with the Fermi level.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The largest element in a random permutation of n elements (which is n) is expected to be in the middle.
Combinatorics of geometrically distributed random variables: Value and position of large left-to-right maxima
The middle part of this inequality is kf kL2 (B ) .
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
The expresion in the middle can be taken as the definition of the Schur polynomial sλ (a).
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Middle panel: record (same scale) after Fourier coefficient shrinkage.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
The middle panel shows the result after application of the Fourier coefficient shrinkage algorithm.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
The middle panel shows the expected polarization signal of the best-fitting model.
CMB Constraints on a Baryonic Dark Matter-Dominated Universe
This model describes that cuts are only allowed to be in the middle in order to produce two fragments of equal size at each time event.
Transition from random to ordered fractals in fragmentation of particles in an open system
N − 2 middle pixels, and p is the pitch along x.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
Essentially, after the first step the edge of the triangle is chosen, which corresponds to the move to one of the states in the middle column of Fig. 4.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
This result is exactly correct only if the non-ordered variables κi are allowed to take on negative values in the middle of the chain.
A Simple Model for the BFKL-DGLAP Transition in Deep Inelastic Scattering
In contrast to this, the sum in the middle is over the pro jected weights PMi and therefore involves scalar products of the form (P j, ·)p .
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
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