Meaning of MIDDLE in English



Pronunciation: ' mi-d ə l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English middel, from Old English; akin to Old English midde

Date: before 12th century

1 : equally distant from the extremes : MEDIAL , CENTRAL <the middle house in the row>

2 : being at neither extreme : INTERMEDIATE

3 capitalized a : constituting a division intermediate between those prior and later or upper and lower < Middle Paleozoic> b : constituting a period of a language or literature intermediate between one called Old and one called New or Modern < Middle Dutch>

4 of a verb form or voice : typically asserting that a person or thing both performs and is affected by the action represented

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.