middling

Definitions

  • 15 Middle lap
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj middling lacking exceptional quality or ability "a novel of average merit","only a fair performance of the sonata","in fair health","the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average","the performance was middling at best"
    • adv middling to a moderately sufficient extent or degree "pretty big","pretty bad","jolly decent of him","the shoes are priced reasonably","he is fairly clever with computers"
    • n middling any commodity of intermediate quality or size (especially when coarse particles of ground wheat are mixed with bran)
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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: One out of five people that eat ice cream binge on ice cream in the middle of the night. The person is usually between 18 - 24 years old
    • a Middling Of middle rank, state, size, or quality; about equally distant from the extremes; medium; moderate; mediocre; ordinary. "A town of but middling size.""Plainly furnished, as beseemed the middling circumstances of its inhabitants."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The origin of apples traces back to the Middle East over 4,000 years ago
    • middling Medium in rank, condition, or degree; intermediate; hence, only medium; neither good nor bad; neither one thing nor the other: as, a fruit of middling quality.
    • middling Not in good health, yet not very ill; also, in Scotland, in fairly good health.
    • middling Of medium quality: a specific commercial grade of flour, pork, etc. See fair to middling, under fair.
    • n middling The part of a gun-stock between the grasp and the tail-pipe or ramrod-thimble.
    • n middling That part of a hog which lies between the ham and the shoulder; a side of bacon.
    • n middling plural In milling, the parts of a kernel of grain next the skin of the berry, largely composed of gluten and considered the most nutritious part. In the older methods of milling this was ground as fine as possible together with the starchy part and the bran, and then the whole was bolted to separate the bran. By the newer high-milling methods, the middlings are passed through a purifying machine and reground, forming a very pure flour, with larger and more uniform granules than that from the first grinding.
    • n middling plural The coarser particles resulting from milling, intermingled with a certain quantity of bran and foreign matters,used as feed for farm stock; canaille.
    • middling Tolerably; moderately.
    • n middling plural The finest kind of wheat bran.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The nail of our middle finger grows the fastest and the nail of our thumb grows slowest.
    • adj Middling of middle rate, state, size, or quality: about equally distant from the extremes: moderate:
    • adj Middling (Scot.) not in very good health: fairly well or prosperous
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Quotations

  • Carl Jung
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    “From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.”
  • Albert Einstein
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    “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
  • Ian Fleming
    Ian Fleming
    “A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.”

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. middelmid; Dut. middel, Ger. mittel.

Usage

In literature:

Had he taken a higher place than the Middle Shell?
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
The Middle Ages have left us these to help us to save, if it may be, the soul of the modern and dead fine gentleman.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
By the middle of the nineteenth century, however, the situation had radically altered.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
But just in the middle, oh, shocking to tell!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
You neither talk nor look like a Middle, captain.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Operation for tying the brachial artery at its middle and lower thirds.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Four players take their places in the different corners of the room, and the fifth who is Puss stands in the middle.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
In the middle of the vast sad landscape, the place is still, with a silence that can be almost heard.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Bouvard planted a peony in the middle of the grass plot, and tomatoes so that they would hang down like chandeliers under the arch of the arbour.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
But they did not take the middle of the stream.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:


And the night-blooming flowers open,
open in the same hour I remember those I love.
In the middle of the viburnums
the twilight butterflies have appeared.
"Night-Blooming Jasmine" by Giovanni Pascoli
But not to understand
when there is no meaning,
and to be blind in the middle of the night,
and deaf when silence is complete, -
oh, loneliness within loneliness!
"The Hieroglyph" by Nichita Stanescu
It was the middle of the night:
The sea upon the garden leapt,
And my son's wife in quiet slept,
And I, his mother, waked and wept,
When lo! there came a sudden light.
"Grandmother Tenterden" by Francis Bret Harte
"MY First - but don't suppose," he said,
"I'm setting you a riddle -
Is - if your Victim be in bed,
Don't touch the curtains at his head,
But take them in the middle,
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
And fishers in the middle sea
Did get thee sea-fish and sea-weeds
In colour like the robes on thee;
And curious work of plaited reeds,
And wools wherein live purple bleeds.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Dear heart, believe I think of you
When evening grey shuts out the blue;
In the slow hours of middle night,
And when the lances of the light
First thrust the mists of darkness through.
"Dear Heart, Believe" by Oscar Fay Adams

In news:

Murray's argument is that the upper middle class and working class in America are separating on some key, core behaviors and values.
Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue.
We've swayed the movable middle.
Because officials began late, one time window expired in the middle Armadillo 's first attempt at the prize.
Ross on Middle East Arms Race .
AZ Army unit deploys to Middle East.
It was the middle of the night, and Laura Silverthorn, a nurse at a hospital in Washington, knew her patient was in danger.
Middle Schoolers who LOVE Art Class .
Amanda Greive and Erik Peterson meet in "The Middle".
The nouvelle ville, as the downtown was known, was done in an art deco meets Middle Eastern style that is still stunning to behold, if you can look up long enough while dodging crowded sidewalks and zooming cars.
Middle school art teacher 's work in Grand Rapids competition.
For the past 40 years, Morgan Middle School art teacher Steve Carrigan was one of those.
At Signal Mountain Middle High There's an art teacher who's helping her kids find hidden talent.
The board of education voted unanimously this afternoon to have Optim Healthcare provide sports medicine services for Effingham County high school and middle school and Ebenezer Middle School.
Tax Relief for the Middle Class Tell Congress to vote for an extension of middle class tax cuts.
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In science:

So ultimately the value of the correlation in the middle will approach -1.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
Top panels: the reconstructed image (surface brightness, left) and stellar velocity field (middle).
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
The middle expression in (1.8) is formal only.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
The relation between the position of the created arrow and the root labels of the embedded trees grants that the compatibility with the labelling process is preserved (observe that in the middle rule subtrees have been switched for this purpose).
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
The first step of the proof is a bound for the tail probability of E k,n (n), the length of the middle branch (t = n).
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
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