Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

middle ground

noun
1.
an intermediate position, area, or recourse between two opposites or extremes; a halfway or neutral standpoint.
2.
middle distance (def 1).
3.
Nautical. a length of comparatively shallow water having channels on both sides.
Origin of middle ground
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for middle ground
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "I can't seem to reach any middle ground with him," she had said.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Indeed, I do not believe a man could have a friendship with her, for there is no middle ground.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • In the great conflict of good and evil there is no middle ground.

    Humanity in the City E. H. Chapin
  • Let us have a middle ground to start from, on which all parties can meet, as in the other case.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Meantime he remitted no effort to find some middle ground of conciliation.

    Franklin John Bigelow
British Dictionary definitions for middle ground

middle ground

noun
1.
another term for middle distance See middle-distance (sense 2)
2.
a position of compromise between two opposing views, parties, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for middle ground

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for middle

10
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for middle ground