- a point at or near the middle of, or equidistant from, both ends, as of a line: the midpoint of a boundary.
- a point in time halfway between the beginning and the end, as of a process, event, or situation: the midpoint of the negotiations.
- Geometry. the point on a line segment or an arc that is equidistant, when measured along the line or the arc, from both endpoints.
- Statistics. median(def 3).
- Astrology. the point on the arc that is equidistant from two planets: regarded as a sensitive point and used in horoscopic interpretations.
Origin of midpoint
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Examples from the Web for midpoint
But the broader the base at the midpoint, the more stable the ride—no matter how many pile on at the extremes.A Centrist Gets Fighting Mad
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He and the Sons of the Falcon had reached the midpoint of the valley.The Saracen: The Holy War
We are now, in this year of 1950, nearing the midpoint of the 20th century.State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
As they reached the midpoint of the third room, the dining hall, one of the beings staggered through the door behind them.The Enormous Room
Horace Leonard Gold
The midpoint of this band is measured at the terminal border as the dominant frequency.Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group
William E. Duellman
By the time the midpoint had been passed, I was living in a sort of waking dream; or rather, a state of somnambulism.Out Around Rigel
Robert H. Wilson
- the point on a line that is at an equal distance from either end
- a point in time halfway between the beginning and end of an event
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Word Origin and History for midpoint
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