I. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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