Definitions for Middleˈmɪd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mid•dleˈmɪd 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.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  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.

    Category: Grammar

  6. (often cap.) intermediate between the upper and lower divisions of a geologic period, system, or the like:

    the Middle Devonian.

    Category: Geology

  7. (n.)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.

Origin of middle:

bef. 900; ME, OE middel, WGmc adj. der. of *middimid1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. center, centre, middle, heart, eye(noun)

    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"

  2. middle(noun)

    an intermediate part or section

    "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle

  3. middle, midriff, midsection(noun)

    the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)

    "young American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable"

  4. middle(adj)

    time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period

    "the middle of the war"; "rain during the middle of April"

  5. in-between, mediate, middle(adj)

    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"

  6. center(a), halfway, middle(a), midway(adj)

    equally distant from the extremes

  7. middle(adj)

    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"

  8. middle(verb)

    between an earlier and a later period of time

    "in the middle years"; "in his middle thirties"

  9. middle(verb)

    put in the middle

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. middle(noun)ˈɪdəl

    the center

    Stand in the middle of the circle.; Cut the paper along the line that marks the middle.

  2. middleˈɪdəl

    between the beginning and the end

    I woke up in the middle of the night.; I was in the middle of explaining when she got up and left.

  3. middleˈɪdəl

    a long way from any house, town, etc.

    We took a wrong turning and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

  4. middle(adjective)ˈɪdəl

    central or near the center

    Our house is the middle one.

  5. middleˈɪdəl

    between the beginning and the end

    The middle chapters of the book are really scary.


  1. middle(Noun)

    A centre, midpoint

    The middle of a circle is the point which has the same distance to every point of circle.

  2. middle(Noun)

    The part between the beginning and the end.

  3. middle(Noun)

    the middle stump

  4. middle(Noun)

    The central part of a human body.

  5. middle(Adjective)

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

  6. middle(Adjective)

    Central to.

  7. Origin: From middel, from middel, middle, from midjilan, a diminutive of midjō, from medhy-. Cognate with West Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel, Mittel, middel. Related also to medel, meðal. See also mid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Middle(adj)

    equally distant from the extreme either of a number of things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the middle house in a row; a middle rank or station in life; flowers of middle summer; men of middle age

  2. Middle(adj)

    intermediate; intervening

  3. Middle(adj)

    the point or part equally distant from the extremities or exterior limits, as of a line, a surface, or a solid; an intervening point or part in space, time, or order of series; the midst; central portion

  4. Middle(adj)

    the waist


  1. Middle

    Middle is one of six sheadings in the Isle of Man and consists of the parishes of Braddan, Marown and Santon or Santan. It lies to the east of the island. Historically it consisted of Braddan, Santan and Onchan. It is also a House of Keys constituency, electing one MHK.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Middle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1513

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Middle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #920

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Middle' in Nouns Frequency: #776

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Middle' in Adjectives Frequency: #174

Translations for Middle

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the central point or part

the middle of a circle.

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