Meaning of MIDDLE in English

MIDDLE

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

1.

The ~ of something is the part of it that is furthest from its edges, ends, or outside surface.

Howard stood in the ~ of the room sipping a cup of coffee...

Hyde accelerated away from the kerb, swerving out into the ~ of the street...

Make sure the roast potatoes aren’t raw in the ~.

= centre

the ~ of nowhere: see nowhere

N-COUNT: usu the N in sing, oft N of n

2.

The ~ object in a row of objects is the one that has an equal number of objects on each side.

The ~ button of his uniform jacket was strained over his belly.

...the ~ finger of her left hand.

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

The ~ of an event or period of time is the part that comes after the first part and before the last part.

I woke up in the ~ of the night and could hear a tapping on the window...

It was now the ~ of November, cold and often foggy...

N-SING: the N of n

Middle is also an adjective.

The month began and ended quite dry, but the ~ fortnight saw nearly 100mm of rain fall nationwide.

ADJ: ADJ n

4.

The ~ course or way is a moderate course of action that lies between two opposite and extreme courses.

He favoured a ~ course between free enterprise and state intervention...

ADJ: ADJ n

5.

If you divide or split something down the ~, you divide or split it into two equal halves or groups.

They agreed to split the bill down the ~...

= in half

PHRASE: PHR after v

6.

If you are in the ~ of doing something, you are busy doing it.

It’s a bit hectic. I’m in the ~ of cooking for nine people...

PHRASE: v-link PHR -ing/n

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