Meaning of MIDDLE in English


I. ˈmi-d ə l 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

II. noun

Date: before 12th century

1. : a middle part, point, or position

2. : the central portion of the human body : waist

3. : the position of being among or in the midst of something

in the middle of the crowd

4. : something intermediate between extremes : mean

5. : the center of an offensive or defensive formation ; especially : the area between the second baseman and the shortstop

- middle of nowhere

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.