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middle, midriff, midsectionnoun
the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)
"young American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable"
(anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
The middle part of the front of the body, from the waist to the chest.
That part of a garment, especially a dress or bodice, that covers the midriff.
The mid section of the human torso, from below the chest to above the waist
Etymology: From mydryf, from mid +
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: midhrife , Saxon.
The midriff divides the trunk of the body into two cavities, the thorax and abdomen: it is composed of two muscles; the first and superior of these arises from the sternum, and the ends of the last ribs on each side: its fibres, from this semicircular origination, tend towards their centre, and terminate in a tendon or aponeurosis, which hath always been taken for the nervous part of the midriff. The second and inferior muscle comes from the vertebræ of the loins by two productions, of which that on the right side comes from the first, second, and third vertebræ of the loins; that on the left side is somewhat shorter; and both these productions join and make the lower part of the midriff, which joins its tendons with the tendon of the other, so as that they make but one membrane, or rather partition. John Quincy.
Whereat he inly rag’d, and as they talk’d,
Smote him into the midriff with a stone
That beat out life. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.
In the gullet, where it perforateth the midriff, the carneous fibres of that muscular part are inflected. John Ray.
In fashion, the midriff is the human abdomen. The midriff is exposed when wearing a crop top or some forms of swimwear. The cholis worn by Indian women expose a thin section of midriff, usually 4 to 5 inches.
see Diaphragm, n., 2
Etymology: [AS. midhrif; midd mid, middle + hrif bowels, womb; akin to OFries. midref midriff, rif, ref, belly, OHG. href body, and to L. corpus body. See Corpse.]
Midriff is a particular term to denominate the section of the human body between the thorax/chest and the pelvis/hips. It is used as a genteel avoidance of synonymous belly; as a synonym for waist; and as a name for the area around the diaphragm. The midriff is exposed when wearing a crop top or bikini. The cholis worn by Indian women also exposes a thin section of midriff, usually 3 to 4 inches, though the garment is not known for having sexual connotations and is a mark of traditional modesty. The Eastern art of belly dancing places the female midriff on center stage. With proper dance instruction and physical conditioning, the midriff is capable of a wide range of physical movements. Belly dancers such as the tribal Rachel Brice and pop singers Britney Spears and Shakira are well known examples of this muscular midriff control.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mid′rif, n. the diaphragm. [A.S. mid, middle, hrif, the belly.]
The numerical value of midriff in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of midriff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of midriff in a Sentence
I feel she was one of the first women who believed just because you were over 50 didn’t mean you couldn’t be viewed in a sexual way, she wasn’t afraid to get out there over the age of 50 to show her legs, to show her midriff. [At the time] once a woman was over the age of 35, the studio basically handed her a gold watch, so to speak. And I know in the case of Joan Crawford, even as late as the 1960s… she was still playing strong female romantic leads opposite leading men who were 20-30 years younger than her.
At that stage I was still not concerned. Thirty-five minutes into the flight she said she was feeling worse. She showed me her midriff, I could see many hives.
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