Meaning of MIDDLE in English

MIDDLE

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English middel, from Old English; akin to Old English midde Date: before 12th century equally distant from the extremes ; medial , central , being at neither extreme ; intermediate , 3. capitalized constituting a division intermediate between those prior and later or upper and lower , constituting a period of a language or literature intermediate between one called Old and one called New or Modern , typically asserting that a person or thing both performs and is affected by the action represented, II. noun Date: before 12th century a ~ part, point, or position, the central portion of the human body ; waist , the position of being among or in the midst of something , something intermediate between extremes ; mean , the center of an offensive or defensive formation

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