middle

[ mid-l ]
/ ˈmɪd l /

adjective

noun

verb (used with or without object), mid·dled, mid·dling.

Chiefly Nautical. to fold in half.

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Origin of middle

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English middel; cognate with German mittel; akin to Old Norse methal among. See mid1

synonym study for middle

7. Middle, center, midst indicate something from which two or more other things are (approximately or exactly) equally distant. Middle denotes, literally or figuratively, the point or part equidistant from or intermediate between extremes or limits in space or in time: the middle of a road. Center, a more precise word, is ordinarily applied to a point within circular, globular, or regular bodies, or wherever a similar exactness appears to exist: the center of the earth; it may also be used metaphorically (still suggesting the core of a sphere): center of interest. Midst usually suggests that a person or thing is closely surrounded or encompassed on all sides, especially by that which is thick or dense: the midst of a storm.
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British Dictionary definitions for middle

middle
/ (ˈmɪdəl) /

adjective

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for middle

Old English middel; compare Old Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel
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Idioms and Phrases with middle

middle

see caught in the middle; in the middle of; play both ends against the middle.

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