What does midway mean?

Definitions for midway

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. midwaynoun

    the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located

  2. Midway, Battle of Midwayadjective

    naval battle of World War II (June 1942); American planes based on land and on carriers decisively defeated a Japanese fleet on its way to invade the Midway Islands

  3. center(a), halfway, middle(a), midwayadverb

    equally distant from the extremes

  4. halfway, midwayadverb

    at half the distance; at the middle

    "he was halfway down the ladder when he fell"


  1. midwaynoun

    The middle; the midst.

  2. midwaynoun

    A middle way or manner; a mean or middle course between extremes.

  3. midwaynoun

    The part of a fair or circus where rides, entertainments, and booths are concentrated.

  4. midwayadverb

    Halfway; equidistant from either end point; in the middle between two points

  5. midwayadjective

    Being in the middle of the way or distance; middle.

  6. Etymology: From mydwaye, mydweye, from midweg, equivalent to. Cognate with midweg, midwech.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Midwayadjective

    Middle between two places.

    How fearful
    And dizzy ’tis, to cast one’s eyes so low!
    The crows and choughs that wing the midway air,
    Shew scarce so gross as beetles. William Shakespeare.

  2. Midwayadverb

    In the middle of the passage.

    With dry eyes, and with an open look,
    She met his glance midway. John Dryden, Boccace.

  3. Midwaynoun

    The part of the way equally distant from the beginning and end.

    Etymology: mid and way.

    No midway ’twixt these extremes at all. William Shakespeare.

    He were an excellent man that were made in the midway between him and Benedick; the one is too like an image, and says nothing; and the other too like my lady’s eldest son, evermore tattling. William Shakespeare, Much ado about nothing.

    Pity and shame! that they, who to live well
    Stood so fair, should turn aside to tread
    Paths indirect, or in the midway faint! John Milton, Par. Lost.

    The hare laid himself down about midway, and took a nap; for I can fetch up the tortoise when I please. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    How didst thou arrive at this place of darkness, when so many rivers of the ocean lie in the midway. , Notes on the Odyssey.


  1. midway

    Midway typically refers to a point or position that's exactly in the middle, or equally distant from two points or ends within a particular space or period of time. It represents a halfway point or an intermediate stage in a process or sequence. In a broader context, it can also refer to a fairground or carnival area with various amusements and concessions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Midwaynoun

    the middle of the way or distance; a middle way or course

  2. Midwayadjective

    being in the middle of the way or distance; as, the midway air

  3. Midwayadverb

    in the middle of the way or distance; half way


  1. Midway

    A midway at a fair is the location where amusement rides, entertainment and fast food booths are concentrated. The term originated from the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois in 1893. It was the first world's fair with an area for amusements which was strictly separated from the exhibition halls. This area, which was concentrated on the city's Midway Plaisance, included carnival rides, among them the first Ferris wheel, belly dancers, balloon rides and other attractions. In the years after the Exposition closed, midway came to be used as a common noun in the United States and Canada to refer to the area for amusements at a county or state fair, circus, festival, or amusement park.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of midway in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of midway in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of midway in a Sentence

  1. Roger Federer:

    I think I can trust my second serve in particular; when you trust your second serve, you can go after your first serve, i started to feel that midway through the first set it was going to be difficult for Denis to get into my service games. That relaxes you from the baseline. Then good things really happen.

  2. Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda:

    Diving is not easy. For people who have never done it, it will be difficult, unlike diving in a swimming pool, because the cave’s features have small channels, if something happens midway, it could be life-threatening.

  3. Aubrey Stanley:

    About midway through the first half I suddenly realized: 'Hey, we can beat these guys. They aren't supermen. They are men like us,'.

  4. John Andrew Holmes:

    Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    When Congress passed this legislation, frankly, we jumped for joy, this was so exciting because of the transformative difference this law would make for America's working families. CRITICS SLAM PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR ‘ CELEBRATING ’ SIGNING OF INFLATION REDUCTION ACT : ‘ SLAP IN THE FACE ’ President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law last month after it passed through Congress along party lines, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. The act, lawmakers said, was intended to combat climate change, address health care costs and raise taxes on large corporations. But midway into September, a new report indicated inflation rose more than expected in August, squeezing U.S. households even as the cost of gasoline fell and continued to create a political headache for the president. The Labor Department said Earlier Tuesday that the consumer price index – a broad measure of the price for everyday goods, including gasoline groceries, and rents – rose 8.3 % in August from a year ago. Prices climbed 0.1 % in the one-month period from July. President Joe Biden speaks before signing H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. ( AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Those figures were both higher than the 8.1 % headline figure and 0.1 % monthly decline forecast by Refinitiv economists, a worrisome sign for theFederal Reserveas it seeks to cool price gains and tame consumer demand with an aggressive interest rate hike campaign. Stock futures tanked on the surprisingly hot report, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 400 points. Earlier Earlier Tuesday, the president released a statement saying it.

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