Midst Midst, n. [From middest, in the middest, for older in middes, where -s is adverbial (orig. forming a genitive), or still older a midde, a midden, on midden. See {Mid}, and cf. {Amidst}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The interior or central part or place; the middle; -- used chiefly in the objective case after in; as, in the midst of the forest. [1913 Webster]

And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him. --Luke iv. 35. [1913 Webster]

There is nothing . . . in the midst [of the play] which might not have been placed in the beginning. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, figuratively, the condition of being surrounded or beset; the press; the burden; as, in the midst of official duties; in the midst of secular affairs. [1913 Webster]

Note: The expressions in our midst, in their midst, etc., are avoided by some good writers, the forms in the midst of us, in the midst of them, etc., being preferred. [1913 Webster]

Syn: {Midst}, {Middle}.

Usage: Midst in present usage commonly denotes a part or place surrounded on enveloped by or among other parts or objects (see {Amidst}); while middle is used of the center of length, or surface, or of a solid, etc. We say in the midst of a thicket; in the middle of a line, or the middle of a room; in the midst of darkness; in the middle of the night. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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