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Meaning of MIDDLE

Pronunciation:  'midul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)
  2. [n]  an intermediate part or section; "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period; "the middle of the war"; "rain during the middle of April"
  5. [adj]  between an earlier and a later period of time; "in the middle years"; "in his middle thirties"
  6. [adj]  (linguistics) 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"
  7. [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"
  8. [v]  put in the middle

MIDDLE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: center, centre, eye, heart, in-between, intermediate, intervening, mediate, mid(a), midriff, midsection
 Antonyms: beginning, beginning, commencement, early, end, end, ending, first, kickoff, late, offset, outset, start, starting time
 See Also: area, area, body, central city, city center, civic center, country, deep, division, down town, financial center, hub, inner city, lay, medical center, midfield, midstream, municipal center, part, place, point, point in time, pose, position, put, region, seat, section, set, torso, trunk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mid"dle\, a. [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel,
    OHG. muttil, G. mittel. ????. See {Mid}, a.]
    1. 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. Intermediate; intervening.
             Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends. --Sir J.
    Note: Middle is sometimes used in the formation of
          selfexplaining compounds; as, middle-sized,
    {Middle Ages}, the period of time intervening between the
       decline of the Roman Empire and the revival of letters.
       Hallam regards it as beginning with the sixth and ending
       with the fifteenth century.
    {Middle class}, in England, people who have an intermediate
       position between the aristocracy and the artisan class. It
       includes professional men, bankers, merchants, and small
       landed proprietors
             The middle-class electorate of Great Britain. --M.
    {Middle distance}. (Paint.) See {Middle-ground}.
    {Middle English}. See {English}, n., 2.
    {Middle Kingdom}, China.
    {Middle oil} (Chem.), that part of the distillate obtained
       from coal tar which passes over between 170[deg] and
       230[deg] Centigrade; -- distinguished from the light, and
       the heavy or dead, oil.
    {Middle passage}, in the slave trade, that part of the
       Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the West Indies.
    {Middle post}. (Arch.) Same as {King-post}.
    {Middle States}, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and
       Delaware; which, at the time of the formation of the
       Union, occupied a middle position between the Eastern
       States (or New England) and the Southern States. [U.S.]
    {Middle term} (Logic), that term of a syllogism with which
       the two extremes are separately compared, and by means of
       which they are brought together in the conclusion.
    {Middle tint} (Paint.), a subdued or neutral tint.
    {Middle voice}. (Gram.) See under {Voice}.
    {Middle watch}, the period from midnight to four A. M.; also,
       the men on watch during that time. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
    {Middle weight}, a pugilist, boxer, or wrestler classed as of
       medium weight, i. e., over 140 and not over 160 lbs., in
       distinction from those classed as {light weights}, {heavy
       weights}, etc.
  2. \Mid"dle\, n. [AS. middel. See {Middle}, a.]
    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; specif., the waist. --Chaucer.
    ``The middle of the land.'' --Judg. ix. 37.
          In this, as in most questions of state, there is a
          middle.                                  --Burke.
    Syn: See {Midst}.
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