middle

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From Middle English middel, from Old English middel, middle ‎(middle, centre, waist), from Proto-Germanic *midilą, *medalą ‎(middle), a diminutive of Proto-Germanic *midjō ‎(middle, midst) (compare *midjaz ‎(mid, middle, adjective)), from Proto-Indo-European *medhy- ‎(middle, midst), compare *médʰyos ‎(between, in the middle, middle). Cognate with West Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel ‎(middle, adjective), German Mittel ‎(middle, means, noun), Danish middel ‎(means, agent, medicine). Related also to Swedish medel ‎(means, medium), Icelandic meðal ‎(means, medicine). See also mid.

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middle ‎(plural middles)

  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.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
    I woke up in the middle of the night.
    In the middle of the marathon, David collapsed from fatigue.
  3. (cricket) The middle stump.
  4. The central part of a human body.
  5. (grammar) The middle voice.

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middle ‎(not comparable)

  1. Located in the middle; in between.
    the middle point
    middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages
  2. Central.
  3. Pertaining to the middle voice.

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