- in the middle of; surrounded by; among: to stand weeping amid the ruins.
- during; in or throughout the course of.
Origin of amid
- variant of amido- before a vowel: amidase.
Origin of amid-
Examples from the Web for amid
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione asked residents to remain calm, amid fears of unrest.Jihadi Siege in Sydney Ends in Gunfight
Courtney Subramanian, Lennox Samuels, Chris Allbritton
December 15, 2014
His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
Amid accusations of infidelity, she told reporters in 1988 that she and the former priest were just fine.Adiós to the Diva Duchess
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 20, 2014
But amid this widespread and sustained dissatisfaction, 2014 was a terrible year for third-party candidates.How to Run a Statewide Campaign on $38
November 12, 2014
Holmes seemed to expedite matters promptly, amid rumors that she was frightened of the Church of Scientology.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
On a rock, amid the roaring water, Lies Cassiopea's gentle daughter.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
And then, amid his lore of wretchedness he hid his face and wept.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Do you observe this red glow,—dusky, too, amid all the brightness?Other Tales and Sketches
"Stand to it, Aylward," cried the archers, amid a fresh burst of laughter.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Amid the din and dust little but destruction can be discerned.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- in the middle of; among
Word Origin and History for amid
late 14c., from amidde (c.1200), from Old English on middan "in the middle," from dative singular of midde "mid, middle" (see middle); the phrase evidently was felt as "in (the) middle" and thus followed by a genitive case, and if this had endured we would follow it today with of. (See amidst for further evolution along this line).
The same applies to equivalents in Latin (in medio) and Greek (en meso), both originally adjective phrases which evolved to take the genitive case. But in later Old English on middan also was treated as a preposition and followed by dative. Used in compounds from early 13c. (e.g. amidships, attested from 1690s and retaining the genitive, as the compounds usually did in early Middle English, suggesting this one is considerably older than the written record of it.)