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The middle of a two-dimensional shape or area is the part that is furthest from its sides, edges, or boundaries.
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'.
In American English, this word is spelled center.
The middle of a road or river is the part that is furthest from its sides or banks.
The middle of an event or period of time is a period which is halfway between its beginning and its end.
Past participle: middled
|Noun||1.||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"
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); "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"
|4.||middle - time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period; "the middle of the war"; "rain during the middle of April"|
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"
|Verb||1.||middle - put in the middle|
|Adj.||1.||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"|
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 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"
in the middle of the table/the room → en medio or en el centro de la mesa/la habitación
he was in the middle of the road → estaba en medio or en (la) mitad de la carretera
the potatoes were raw in the middle → las patatas estaban crudas por el centro
to cut sth down the middle → cortar algo por el medio or por la mitad
we agreed to split the bill down the middle → acordamos dividir la cuenta por la mitad
the party is split down the middle on this issue → el partido está dividido en dos facciones con respecto a este tema
in the middle of nowhere → quién sabe dónde, en el quinto pino (Sp)
right in the middle, in the very middle (physically) → en el mismo centro
in the middle of summer → en pleno verano
in or about or towards the middle of May → a mediados de mayo
in the middle of the morning → a media mañana
the heat in the middle of the day was intense → el calor del mediodía era intenso
he was in his middle thirties → tenía unos treinta y cinco años, tenía treinta y tantos años
we were in the middle of dinner → estábamos en mitad de la cena
I'm in the middle of a conversation → estoy en mitad de una conversación
to be in the middle of doing sth: I'm in the middle of reading it → lo estoy leyendo
I'm right in the middle of getting lunch → justo ahora estoy preparando la comida
see also week
my middle daughter → mi segunda hija, mi hija de en medio
middle ground → terreno m neutral
in the middle years of the nineteenth century → a mediados del siglo diecinueve
women in their middle years → mujeres de mediana edad
to steer or take a middle course → tomar por la calle de en medio
the Middle Ages NPL → la 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 classes → la 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 N → oído m medio
the Middle East N → el Oriente Medio
Middle English N la lengua inglesa de la edad media
middle finger N → dedo m corazón
middle management N → mandos mpl medios
middle manager N → mando mf medio
middle name N → segundo nombre m de pila
"discretion" is my middle name → soy 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
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
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.
the middle seat → la place du milieu
The middle drawer contained stockings → Le tiroir du milieu contenait des bas. middle course
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 n → la cinquantainemiddle-aged [ˌmɪdəlˈeɪdʒɪd] adj
a middle-aged man → un homme d'âge moyen
to be middle-aged → avoir la cinquantaine
middlein cpds → Mittel-, mittel-;
the middle chair in the row → la sedia nel centro della fila
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