What does MIDDLE mean?

Definitions for MIDDLE
ˈmɪd lMIDDLE

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word MIDDLE.

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

Wiktionary

  1. middle(Noun)

    A centre, midpoint

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. middle(Noun)

    The part between the beginning and the end.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. middle(Noun)

    the middle stump

    Etymology: 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.

  4. middle(Noun)

    The central part of a human body.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. middle(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  6. middle(Adjective)

    Central to.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. 271. See Mid, a.]

  2. Middle(adj)

    intermediate; intervening

    Etymology: [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. 271. See Mid, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. 271. See Mid, a.]

  4. Middle(adj)

    the waist

    Etymology: [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. 271. See Mid, a.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Middle

    mid′l, adj. equally distant from the extremes: intermediate: intervening: (gram.) intermediate between active and passive, reflexive.—n. the middle point or part: midst: central portion, waist.—adjs. Midd′le-aged, of or about the middle period of life (from about 35 to 50); Midd′le-class, pertaining to, or included in, the middle class.—ns. Midd′le-earth (Shak.), the earth, considered as placed between the upper and lower regions; Midd′leman, one who stands in the middle between two persons: an agent who does business between two parties: in Ireland, one who rents land in large tracts, and lets it in small portions to the peasantry.—adjs. Midd′lemost, Mid′most (B.), nearest the middle; Midd′le-sized, of middle or average size.—ns. Midd′le-watch, the period between midnight and 4 A.M.; Midd′le-weight, a boxer or jockey of intermediate weight, between light and heavy weight.—adj. Midd′ling, of middle rate, state, size, or quality: about equally distant from the extremes: moderate: (Scot.) not in very good health: fairly well or prosperous.—adv. moderately.—n. Midd′lingness, mediocrity.—n.pl. Midd′lings, the coarser part of ground wheat.—Middle Ages, the time between the downfall of the western Roman empire, about 476 A.D., and the Reformation in the first quarter of the 16th century, or even earlier—in the later half of the preceding century, when printing was invented, America discovered, and the revival of learning took place; Middle class, that part of the people which comes between the nobility and the working-class; Middle distance (same as Middle ground); Middle English, English as spoken and written from 1350 to 1500 or 1550; Middle ground, the central portion of a picture—that is, between the foreground and background; Middle Kingdom, China; Middle passage, the voyage across the Atlantic from Africa to the West Indies, which was a time of horror on board a slave-ship; Middle States, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware; Middle term (logic), that term of a syllogism which appears both in the major premise and the minor, but not in the conclusion.—Middle-class schools, schools for the higher education of the middle class, intermediate between the primary schools and the large public schools or the universities. [A.S. middelmid; Dut. middel, Ger. mittel.]

Editors Contribution

  1. middle

    A position of balance.

    The middle of our body is the position of balance.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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

How to pronounce MIDDLE?

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How to say MIDDLE in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MIDDLE in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MIDDLE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of MIDDLE in a Sentence

  1. Philip Andrews-Speed:

    Being the world's biggest crude importer should give China more buying power. China's engagement in the Middle East will continue to change, and it will no longer be the minority player, china becomes not only more important to Middle Eastern states, but the Middle East becomes progressively more important to China relative to other countries that are importing less oil.

  2. Mike Davis:

    More product trading is becoming more long-haul and this can be seen via National Oil Companies (NOCs) trying to build up downstream operations to produce clean refined products, by diversifying from just exporting crude, NOCs are developing their operations and institutions in China, India, Middle East and elsewhere to balance their assets and liability bases.

  3. Kaushik Basu:

    The world economy is looking so troubled that if the U.S. goes in for a very quick move in the middle of this I feel it is going to affect countries quite badly.

  4. Anna Galland:

    MoveOn members welcome Sen. Bernie Sanders to the presidential race, the Democratic Party is made stronger by each additional voice who enters the race and commits to being a strong advocate for everyday, hardworking Americans and not just the wealthy few. That's why we and our allies continue to call on Sen. Elizabeth Warren to also bring her tireless advocacy for middle-class and working Americans to the race. Our country will be stronger if she runs.

  5. James Osborne:

    We had no idea about this kingdom, in a flash, we had profound new information on the Iron Age Middle East.

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