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  1. mid·dle
    IPA[ˈmidl]
  2. noun

    adjective

    • 1. at an equal distance from the extremities of something; central:

      the early and middle part of life middle and eastern Europe
    • 2. (of a member of a group, series, or sequence) so placed as to have the same number of members on each side:

      the woman was in her middle forties
    • 3. intermediate in rank, quality, or ability:

      there is a dearth of talent at the middle level
      Synonym : intermediate, intermedial, intermediary, inner, inside
    • 4. (of a language) of the period between the old and modern forms:

      Middle High German
    • 5. denoting a voice of verbs in some languages, such as Greek, which expresses reciprocal or reflexive action.

    • 6. denoting a transitive or intransitive verb in English with a passive sense, e.g., cuts in this meat cuts well.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: middle, plural noun: middles

    • noun

      the point or position at an equal distance from the sides, edges, or ends of something:

      the point at or around the centre of a period of time, activity, etc.:

    • adjective

      at an equal distance from the extremities of something; central:

      (of a member of a group or sequence) placed so as to have the same number of members on each side:

    • verb

      (in cricket, tennis, etc.) strike (the ball) with the middle of the bat, racket, or club:
    • adjective

      moderate or average in size, amount, or rank:

      neither very good nor very bad:

    • noun

      bulk goods of medium grade, especially flour of medium fineness.
    • adverb

      fairly or moderately:
    • adjective

      moderate or average in size, amount, or rank:

      neither very good nor very bad:

    • noun

      bulk goods of medium grade, especially flour of medium fineness.
    • adverb

      fairly or moderately:
    • noun

      the middle class in the US, especially when regarded as a conservative political force:

      the Midwest of the US:

    • noun

      the social group between the upper and working classes, including professional and business workers and their families:
    • adjective

      relating to the middle class:

      characteristic of the middle class, especially in attaching importance to convention, security, and material comfort:

    • a period of ancient Egyptian history (c. 2040–1640 bc, 11th–14th dynasty).

      China or its eighteen inner provinces.

    • noun

      an area of compromise or possible agreement between two extreme positions, especially political ones:

      the middle distance of a painting or photograph:

    • noun

      the part of a real or painted landscape between the foreground and the background:

      a race distance of between 800 and 5,000 meters:

    • adjective

      (of a person) aged about 45 to 65:

      characteristic or typical of middle-aged people:

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