What does Middle mean?

Definitions for Middle
ˈmɪd lMid·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. center, centre, middle, heart, eyenoun

    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. middlenoun

    an intermediate part or section

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

  3. middle, midriff, midsectionnoun

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

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

  4. middleadjective

    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, middleadjective

    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), midwayadjective

    equally distant from the extremes

  7. middleadjective

    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. middleverb

    between an earlier and a later period of time

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

  9. middleverb

    put in the middle


  1. middlenoun

    A centre, midpoint

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

  2. middlenoun

    The part between the beginning and the end.

  3. middlenoun

    the middle stump

  4. middlenoun

    The central part of a human body.

  5. middleadjective

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

  6. middleadjective

    Central to.

  7. 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. Middleadjective

    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. Middleadjective

    intermediate; intervening

  3. Middleadjective

    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. Middleadjective

    the waist

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


  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  

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  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

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  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. President Trump:

    We are very close to a legislative victory, we are very, very close. … For me this is very simple: This is about middle-class tax cuts and jobs.

  2. Susan Gunn:

    Our society's splintering. We are in the middle of a pandemic with 100,000 dead, president Trump identifies himself as a Christian and avid reader of the Bible. And I just call him and all of our hurting communities to remember the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.

  3. Asbel Kiprop:

    I have worked so hard to build a career since 2003 when I was 13 years old. The achievements I made are crumbling before my own eyes, for a crime that I have not committed, in the court of public opinion, as an advocate of clean sports, I know I am very innocent. I am accused of something that I have never committed. Athletics runs deep in Kiprop's family. His father David Kebenei represented Kenya at the 1987 All Africa Games in Nairobi, where he finished fourth in the 1,500 meters. Kebenei ran in the golden era of British middle-distance running, competing against current IAAF President Sebastian Coe in the early 1980s. Kiprop's brother Victor Kebenei is an upcoming 800 meters runner.

  4. Phil Noble:

    It's not that she raises a bunch of money for a PAC that causes her problems with middle class voters. That is a symptom as opposed to the ailment, the larger illness is she is out of touch with middle class voters -- she does have a lifestyle and a history that is about as alien to middle class voters as corporate jets are to a Subaru.

  5. Huw Williams:

    Due to its limited operating range - about two km - if the Indian military is using the system it would most likely be for close reconnaissance or security work, our Middle East editor believes that Islamic State are using similar systems.

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