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Dictionary Definition

middle adj
1 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" [syn: in-between, mediate]
2 equally distant from the extremes [syn: center(a), halfway, middle(a), midway]
3 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" [ant: late, early]
4 between an earlier and a later period of time; "in the middle years"; "in his middle thirties" [ant: late, early]

Noun

1 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" [syn: center, centre, heart, eye]
2 an intermediate part or section; "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle [ant: end, beginning]
3 the middle area of the human torso (usually in front); "young American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable" [syn: midriff, midsection]
4 time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period; "the middle of the war"; "rain during the middle of April" [ant: end, beginning] v : put in the middle

User Contributed Dictionary

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English

Etymology

Old English middel

Pronunciation

  • /ˈmɪdəl/, /"mId@l/
  • Rhymes: -ɪdəl

Noun

  1. A centre, midpoint
    The middle of a circle is the point which has the same distance to every point of circle.
  2. The part between the beginning and the end.
  3. the middle stump
  4. The central part of a human body.

Translations

centre, midpoint
  • Czech: střed
  • Danish: midte
  • Finnish: keskipiste, keskusta
  • Greek: μέση (mési)
  • Hungarian: középpont
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Russian: середина
  • West Frisian: middel
part between beginning and end
central part of human body

Adjective

  1. Being in the middle or in-between; as middle point, middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages, middle weight, etc.
  2. Central to.

Translations

being in the middle or in-between
central
  • Finnish: keskeinen

Extensive Definition

Middle may refer to:
History
Geography
Geography in Fiction
Grammar
Music See also: center, core, kernel
Organizations
middle in French: Milieu
middle in Contenese: 中

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

active, active voice, amidships, arbitrational, arbitrative, average, axial, axis, balance, bisect, center, center of action, center of gravity, center on, center round, centermost, central, centralize, centralized, centric, centroid, centroidal, centrosymmetric, centrum, coming between, concentrated, core, dead center, double, epicenter, equatorial, equidistant, fold, generality, geocentric, going between, golden mean, halfway, happy medium, heart, hub, intercessional, intercessory, intercurrent, interior, interjacent, interlocutory, intermedial, intermediary, intermediate, intermediatory, intervenient, intervening, interventional, juste-milieu, kernel, key, marrow, mean, medial, median, mediating, mediative, mediatorial, mediatory, medio-passive, mediocre, mediocrity, mediterranean, medium, medulla, mesial, mesne, metacenter, mezzo, mid, middle course, middle ground, middle point, middle position, middle state, middle voice, middle-of-the-road, middlemost, middling, midland, midmost, midpoint, midriff, midships, midst, midway, nave, navel, norm, normal, nub, nuclear, nucleus, omphalic, omphalos, pacificatory, par, passive, passive voice, pith, pivot, pivotal, reflexive, rule, run, stomach, storm center, umbilical, umbilicus, via media, voice, waist
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