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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



2. middle equally distant from the extremes

Synonymscenter, halfway, midway



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


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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