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mid·dle

 (mĭd′l)
adj.
1. Equally distant from extremes or limits; central: the middle point on a line.
2. Being at neither one extreme nor the other, as of a sequence or scale; intermediate: the middle decades of the century.
3. Middle
a. Of or relating to a division of geologic time between an earlier and a later division: the Middle Paleozoic.
b. Of or relating to a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages: Middle Swedish.
4. Grammar Of, relating to, or being a verb form or voice in which the subject both performs and is affected by the action specified.
n.
1. An area or a point equidistant between extremes; a center: the middle of a circle.
2. Something intermediate between extremes: the middle of the story.
3. The middle part of the human body; the waist.
4. Logic A middle term.
5. Grammar
a. The middle voice.
b. A verb form in the middle voice.
tr.v. mid·dled, mid·dling, mid·dles
1. To place in the middle.
2. Nautical To fold in the middle: middle the sail.
Idiom:
in the middle
1. In a difficult situation: caught in the middle of a controversy.
2. Engaged in doing something: I'm in the middle of making dinner.

[Middle English middel, from Old English; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.]

middle

(ˈmɪdəl)
adj
1. equally distant from the ends or periphery of something; central
2. intermediate in status, situation, etc
3. located between the early and late parts of a series, time sequence, etc
4. not extreme, esp in size; medium
5. (Grammar) (esp in Greek and Sanskrit grammar) denoting a voice of verbs expressing reciprocal or reflexive action. Compare active5, passive5
6. (Languages) (usually capital) (of a language) intermediate between the earliest and the modern forms: Middle English.
n
7. an area or point equal in distance from the ends or periphery or in time between the early and late parts
8. an intermediate part or section, such as the waist
9. (Grammar) grammar the middle voice
10. (Logic) logic See middle term
11. (Agriculture) the ground between rows of growing plants
12. (Journalism & Publishing) a discursive article in a journal, placed between the leading articles and the book reviews
13. (Individual Sports, other than specified) cricket a position on the batting creases in alignment with the middle stumps on which a batsman may take guard
vb (tr)
14. to place in the middle
15. (Nautical Terms) nautical to fold in two
16. (Soccer) football to return (the ball) from the wing to midfield
17. (Cricket) cricket to hit (the ball) with the middle of the bat
[Old English middel; compare Old Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel]

mid•dle

(ˈmɪd l)
adj.
1. equally distant from the extremes or outer limits; central: the middle part of a room.
2. intermediate or intervening: the middle distance.
3. medium or average: a man of middle size.
4. (cap.) (in the history of a language) intermediate between periods classified as Old and Modern: Middle English.
5. of, pertaining to, or being a verb form or voice, as in Greek, in which the subject is represented as acting on or for itself, in contrast to the active voice in which the subject acts and the passive voice in which the subject is acted upon.
6. (often cap.) intermediate between the upper and lower divisions of a geologic period, system, or the like: the Middle Devonian.
n.
7. the point, part, position, etc., equidistant from extremes or limits: in the middle of the pool.
8. the central part of the human body, esp. the waist: He bent at the middle.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English middel, West Germanic adj. derivative of *middi mid1]

middle

centre
1. 'middle'

The middle of a two-dimensional shape or area is the part that is furthest from its sides, edges, or boundaries.

In the middle of the lawn was a great cedar tree.
Foster was standing in the middle of the room.
2. 'centre'

Centre is used in a similar way, but it usually refers to a more precise point or position. For example, in mathematics you talk about the centre of a circle, not the 'middle'.

...the centre of the cyclone.

In American English, this word is spelled center.

At the center of the monument was a photograph.
3. other meanings of 'middle'

The middle of a road or river is the part that is furthest from its sides or banks.

...white lines painted along the middle of the highway.
We managed to pull on to a sandbank in the middle of the river.

The middle of an event or period of time is a period which is halfway between its beginning and its end.

We landed at Canton in the middle of a torrential storm.
...the middle of December.

middle


Past participle: middled
Gerund: middling

Imperative
middle
middle
Present
I middle
you middle
he/she/it middles
we middle
you middle
they middle
Preterite
I middled
you middled
he/she/it middled
we middled
you middled
they middled
Present Continuous
I am middling
you are middling
he/she/it is middling
we are middling
you are middling
they are middling
Present Perfect
I have middled
you have middled
he/she/it has middled
we have middled
you have middled
they have middled
Past Continuous
I was middling
you were middling
he/she/it was middling
we were middling
you were middling
they were middling
Past Perfect
I had middled
you had middled
he/she/it had middled
we had middled
you had middled
they had middled
Future
I will middle
you will middle
he/she/it will middle
we will middle
you will middle
they will middle
Future Perfect
I will have middled
you will have middled
he/she/it will have middled
we will have middled
you will have middled
they will have middled
Future Continuous
I will be middling
you will be middling
he/she/it will be middling
we will be middling
you will be middling
they will be middling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been middling
you have been middling
he/she/it has been middling
we have been middling
you have been middling
they have been middling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been middling
you will have been middling
he/she/it will have been middling
we will have been middling
you will have been middling
they will have been middling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been middling
you had been middling
he/she/it had been middling
we had been middling
you had been middling
they had been middling
Conditional
I would middle
you would middle
he/she/it would middle
we would middle
you would middle
they would middle
Past Conditional
I would have middled
you would have middled
he/she/it would have middled
we would have middled
you would have middled
they would have middled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
center stage, centre stage - the central area on a theater stage
central city, city center, city centre - the central part of a city
storm center, storm centre - the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm
financial center - the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
hub - a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve; "the playground is the hub of parental supervision"; "the airport is the economic hub of the area"
inner city - the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
medical center - the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
midfield - (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
seat - a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
midstream - the middle of a stream
2.middle - an intermediate part or section; "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle
division, section, part - one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division"
beginning - the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
end - a final part or section; "we have given it at the end of the section since it involves the calculus"; "Start at the beginning and go on until you come to the end"
3.middle - the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)middle - the middle area of the human torso (usually in front); "young American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable"
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
torso, trunk, body - the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies"
4.middle - time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period; "the middle of the war"; "rain during the middle of April"
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
deep - the central and most intense or profound part; "in the deep of night"; "in the deep of winter"
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
end, ending - the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the year"; "the ending of warranty period"
Verb1.middle - put in the middle
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
Adj.1.middle - being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a seriesmiddle - 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"
intermediate - lying between two extremes in time or space or state; "going from sitting to standing without intermediate pushes with the hands"; "intermediate stages in a process"; "intermediate stops on the route"; "an intermediate range plane"
2.middle - equally distant from the extremesmiddle - equally distant from the extremes  
central - in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; "a central position"
3.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"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
early - of an early stage in the development of a language or literature; "the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C."; "Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700"
late - of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages; "Late Greek"
4.middle - between an earlier and a later period of time; "in the middle years"; "in his middle thirties"
early - at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"
late - being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time; "late evening"; "late 18th century"; "a late movie"; "took a late flight"; "had a late breakfast"

middle

noun
1. centre, heart, inside, thick, core, midst, nucleus, hub, halfway point, midpoint, midsection I was in the middle of the back row.
2. waist, gut, belly, tummy (informal), waistline, midriff, paunch, midsection At 53, he has a few extra pounds around his middle.
adjective
1. central, medium, inside, mid, intervening, inner, halfway, intermediate, median, medial that crucial middle point of the picture
2. intermediate, inside, intervening, inner the middle level of commanding officers

middle

adjective
1. At, in, near, or being the center:
noun
A point or an area equidistant from all sides of something:
Translations
مُتْتَصَفمَرْكِز، وَسَطوَسَطُوَسَط جِسْم الإنْسان، خَصْر
prostřednístředpas
midtemidter-midtersttalje
keskeinenkeski-keskikohtakeskipistekeskusta
sredina
derékközépközepeközéppontközépső
miî-, miîju-miîja, miîpunkturmitti
中央
중간
būti užsiėmusiam kuodidmenininkasjuosmuotalijaviduramžiai
centrsvidējaisviduklisvidusvidus-
prostredný
sredinasrednji
mellerstmitt
ตรงกลาง
chỗ giữa

middle

[ˈmɪdl]
A. N
1. [of object, area] → centro m, medio m
in the middle of the table/the roomen medio or en el centro de la mesa/la habitación
he was in the middle of the roadestaba en medio or en (la) mitad de la carretera
the potatoes were raw in the middlelas patatas estaban crudas por el centro
to cut sth down the middlecortar algo por el medio or por la mitad
we agreed to split the bill down the middleacordamos dividir la cuenta por la mitad
the party is split down the middle on this issueel partido está dividido en dos facciones con respecto a este tema
in the middle of nowherequién sabe dónde, en el quinto pino (Sp)
right in the middle, in the very middle (physically) → en el mismo centro
2. [of period] in the middle of the nighten mitad de la noche
in the middle of summeren pleno verano
in or about or towards the middle of Maya mediados de mayo
in the middle of the morninga media mañana
the heat in the middle of the day was intenseel calor del mediodía era intenso
he was in his middle thirtiestenía unos treinta y cinco años, tenía treinta y tantos años
3. [of activity] to be in the middle of sthestar en mitad de algo
we were in the middle of dinnerestábamos en mitad de la cena
I'm in the middle of a conversationestoy en mitad de una conversación
to be in the middle of doing sth: I'm in the middle of reading itlo estoy leyendo
I'm right in the middle of getting lunchjusto ahora estoy preparando la comida
see also week
4. (= waist) → cintura f
she wore it round her middlelo llevaba alrededor de la cintura
he was in the water up to his middleel agua le llegaba por or a la cintura
B. ADJ
1. (= central) the middle shelf of the ovenla bandeja del medio del horno
my middle daughtermi segunda hija, mi hija de en medio
middle groundterreno m neutral
in the middle years of the nineteenth centurya mediados del siglo diecinueve
women in their middle yearsmujeres de mediana edad
to steer or take a middle coursetomar por la calle de en medio
2. (= average) → mediano
a man of middle sizeun hombre de mediana estatura
C. CPD middle age Nmadurez f
the Middle Ages NPLla Edad Media
Middle America N (= Central America) → Mesoamérica f, Centroamérica f (US) (Geog) → el centro de los Estados Unidos (fig) (US) (= middle class) → la clase media norteamericana
middle C N (Mus) → do m (en medio del piano)
the middle class(es) N(PL)la clase media
the middle classesla clase media
the upper/lower middle class(es)la clase media alta/baja
see also middle-class middle distance N in the middle distance (gen) → a una distancia intermedia (Art) → en segundo plano
see also middle-distance middle ear Noído m medio
the Middle East Nel Oriente Medio
Middle English N la lengua inglesa de la edad media
middle finger Ndedo m corazón
middle management Nmandos mpl medios
middle manager Nmando mf medio
middle name Nsegundo nombre m de pila
"discretion" is my middle namesoy la discreción en persona
middle school N (Brit) colegio para niños de ocho o nueve a doce o trece años (US) colegio para niños de doce a catorce años
the Middle West N (US) la región central de los Estados Unidos

middle

[ˈmɪdəl]
n
(= middle part) → milieu m
in the middle → au milieu
in the middle of → au milieu de
Howard stood in the middle of the room → Howard se tenait au milieu de la pièce.
in the middle of the road → au milieu de la route
in the middle of the night → au milieu de la nuit
I woke up in the middle of the night → Je me suis réveillé au milieu de la nuit.
in the middle of the morning → en milieu de matinée
the middle of December → la mi-décembre
to split sth down the middle (= in half) → partager qch en deux
[process] to be in the middle of sth → être au beau milieu de qch
He was always in the middle of a business transaction → Il était toujours au beau milieu d'une transaction d'affaires.
to be in the middle of doing sth → être en train de faire qch
I'm in the middle of reading it → Je suis en train de le lire.
(= stomach) → ventre m
adj
(in position)du milieu
the middle seat → la place du milieu
The middle drawer contained stockings → Le tiroir du milieu contenait des bas. middle course
(= second) → deuxième
She was the middle child of three → C'était la deuxième des trois enfants.
the middle month of each quarter → le deuxième mois de chaque trimestremiddle age nla cinquantainemiddle-aged [ˌmɪdəlˈeɪdʒɪd] adj
[person] → d'âge moyen
a middle-aged man → un homme d'âge moyen
to be middle-aged → avoir la cinquantaine
[outlook, values] → vieux jeu inv; [clothes, look, style] → vieux jeu invMiddle Ages npl
the Middle Ages → le Moyen Âge
in the Middle Ages → au Moyen Âge

middle

nMitte f; (= central section: of book, film etc)Mittelteil m, → mittlerer Teil; (= inside: of fruit, nut etc) → Innere(s) nt; (= stomach)Bauch m, → Leib m; (= waist)Taille f; in the middle of the tablemitten auf dem Tisch; (= in exact centre)in der Mitte des Tisches; he passed the ball to the middle of the fielder spielte den Ball zur (Feld)mitte; in the middle of the nightmitten in der Nacht; in the middle of the daymitten am Tag; (= around midday)gegen Mittag; to live in the middle of nowheream Ende der Welt wohnen; in the middle of summermitten im Sommer; (= height of summer season)im Hochsommer; in or about the middle of MayMitte Mai; in the middle of the centuryum die Jahrhundertmitte, Mitte des Jahrhunderts; we were in the middle of lunchwir waren mitten beim Essen; in the middle of my backim Kreuz; to be in the middle of doing somethingmitten dabei sein, etw zu tun; I’m in the middle of reading itich bin mittendrin; down the middlein der Mitte; he parts his hair down the middleer hat einen Mittelscheitel
adjmittlere(r, s); the middle housedas mittlere Haus, das Haus in der Mitte; to be in one’s middle twenties/thirtiesMitte zwanzig/dreißig sein; I’m the middle child of threeich bin das mittlere der drei Kinder

middle

in cpdsMittel-, mittel-;
middle age
middle-aged
adjin den mittleren Jahren, mittleren Alters; feeling, appearancealt; attitudesspießig (pej), → altmodisch
Middle Ages
plMittelalter nt
Middle America
n
(Geog) → Mittelamerika nt
(= class)die amerikanische Mittelschicht
middlebrow
adjfür den (geistigen) Normalverbraucher; middle tastesDurchschnittsgeschmack m
n(geistiger) Normalverbraucher
middle C
n(eingestrichenes) C
middle-class
adjbürgerlich, spießig (pej); (Sociol) → mittelständisch; he’s so typically middleer ist ein typischer Vertreter der Mittelklasse, er ist ein richtiger Spießer (pej)
middle class(es)
n(pl)Mittelstand mor -schicht f
middle distance
nmittlere Entfernung; (Sport) → Mittelstrecke f; (Art) → Mittelgrund m
middle-distance runner
nMittelstreckenläufer(in) m(f)
middle-distance running
nMittelstreckenlauf m; middle is …der Mittelstreckenlauf ist …
middle ear
nMittelohr nt
Middle East
nNaher Osten; (from Iran and Iraq to India) → Mittlerer Osten
Middle England
n (fig: = middle classes) → die englische Mittelschicht
Middle English
nMittelenglisch nt
middle finger
nMittelfinger m
Middle High German
middle-income
adj familymit mittlerem Einkommen; middle earnerMittelverdiener(in) m(f)
Middle Low German
nMittelniederdeutsch nt
middleman
nMittelsmann m, → Mittelsperson f; (Comm) → Zwischenhändler m
middle management
middle name
nzweiter (Vor)name; modesty is my middle (fig)ich bin die Bescheidenheit in Person
middle-of-the-road
adj
(= moderate)gemäßigt; policy, politiciander gemäßigten Mitte
(= conventional) style, personkonventionell; musicanspruchslos, für den Normalverbraucher
middle-of-the-roader
nVertreter(in) m(f)der gemäßigten Mitte
middle-ranking
adjmittlere(r, s); middle army officersArmeeoffiziere plmittleren Ranges
middle school
n (Brit) Schule für 9-12-jährige
middle watch
nMittelwache f
middleweight (Sport)
nMittelgewicht nt; (= person also)Mittelgewichtler(in) m(f)
adjMittelgewichts-; middle championMittelgewichtsmeister(in) m(f), → Meister(in) m(f)im Mittelgewicht

middle

[ˈmɪdl]
1. adj (of place) → di mezzo, centrale; (in quality, size) → medio/a
the middle chair in the row → la sedia nel centro della fila
2. n (centre) → mezzo, centro (fam) (waist) → vita, cintura
in the middle of the field → in mezzo al campo
a village in the middle of nowhere → un paese sperduto
in the middle of summer → in piena estate
in the middle of the night → nel cuore della notte, a notte fonda
I'm in the middle of reading it → sto proprio leggendolo ora

middle

(ˈmidl) noun
1. the central point or part. the middle of a circle.
2. the central area of the body; the waist. You're getting rather fat round your middle.
adjective
equally distant from both ends. the middle seat in a row.
ˈmiddling adjective
average. He's neither tall nor short, but of middling height.
middle age
the years between youth and old age. She is well into middle age.
ˌmiddle-ˈaged adjective
Middle Ages (with the)
the time between the end of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance.
Middle East (with the)
Egypt and the countries of Asia west of Pakistan.
ˈmiddleman (-mӕn) noun
a dealer who buys goods from the person who makes or grows them, and sells them to shopkeepers or to the public; a wholesaler. You can save money by buying direct from the factory and cutting out the middleman.
be in the middle of (doing) something
to be busily occupied doing something. Please excuse my appearance. I was in the middle of washing my hair.

middle

وَسَطُ prostřední midte Mitte μέση medio keskikohta milieu sredina mezzo 中央 중간 midden midt środek centro середина mitt ตรงกลาง orta chỗ giữa 中间

mid·dle

n. medio, centro;
in the ___ ofen el ___ de.

middle

adj (finger) medio; n medio, (length) mitad f; in the middle of your hand..en medio de la mano… the middle of your arm..la mitad del brazo… in the middle of the night..en medio de la noche
References in classic literature ?
Not a very splendid show, but there was a great deal of love done up in the few little bundles, and the tall vase of red roses, white chrysanthemums, and trailing vines, which stood in the middle, gave quite an elegant air to the table.
They lived as all of the young women of Middle Western towns lived.
As is usual in traveling in the tropics, a halt was made during the heated middle of the day.
I sat down in the middle of the garden, where snakes could scarcely approach unseen, and leaned my back against a warm yellow pumpkin.
Never were hands more exquisite than hers, and it was a joy to look at them when she threaded her needle or adjusted her gold thimble to her taper middle finger as she sewed away on the little night-drawers or fashioned a bodice or a bib.
No more words, but follow, or the fog may leave us in the middle of our path, a mark for both armies to shoot at.
On either side of the door two pathetic-looking, convent-like cots, covered with spotless sheeting, and heaped up in the middle, like a snow-covered grave, had attracted their attention.
There was likewise, at times, a vein of something like poetry in him; it was the moss or wall-flower of his mind in its small dilapidation, and gave a charm to what might have been vulgar and commonplace in his earlier and middle life.
Just then the shadowy object of alarm put itself in motion, and with a scramble and a bound stood at once in the middle of the road.
It was plump, one afternoon, in the middle of my very hour: the children were tucked away, and I had come out for my stroll.
The fibres in the upper and lower layers, are long and horizontal; those of the middle one, very short, and running crosswise between the outside layers.
The river banks were rather high, and the bridge, instead of rising, went across just level, so that in the middle, if the river was full, the water would be nearly up to the woodwork and planks; but as there were good substantial rails on each side, people did not mind it.