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English adjective: middle

1. middle being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series


SamplesAdolescence is an awkward in-between age.
In a mediate position.
The middle point on a line.


Synonymsin-between, mediate


Similarintermediate


Antonymsterminal

2. middle equally distant from the extremes


Synonymscenter, halfway, midway


Similarcentral


Antonymsperipheral

3. middle of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages


SamplesMiddle English is the English language from about 1100 to 1500.
Middle Gaelic.


Domain categorylinguistics


Antonymsearly, late

4. middle between an earlier and a later period of time


SamplesIn the middle years.
In his middle thirties.


Similarintervening, mid


Attributetiming


Antonymsearly, late


English noun: middle

1. middle (location) an area that is approximately central within some larger region


SamplesIt is in the center of town.
They ran forward into the heart of the struggle.
They were in the eye of the storm.


Synonymscenter, centre, eye, heart


Broader (hypernym)area, country


Narrower (hyponym)center stage, central city, centre stage, city center, city centre, financial center, hub, inner city, medical center, midfield, midstream, seat, storm center, storm centre


Instance hyponymCity of London, the City

2. middle (cognition) an intermediate part or section


SamplesA whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end.


Broader (hypernym)division, part, section


Antonymsbeginning, end

3. middle (body) the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)


SamplesYoung American women believe that a bare midriff is fashionable.


Synonymsmidriff, midsection


Broader (hypernym)area, region


Part meronymbody, torso, trunk

4. middle (time) time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period


SamplesThe middle of the war.
Rain during the middle of April.


Broader (hypernym)point, point in time


Narrower (hyponym)deep


Antonymscommencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, end, kickoff, start, ending, first


English verb: middle

1. middle (contact) put in the middle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set









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