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MIDDLE, a. mid'l. [L. medius.]

1. Equally distant from the extremes; as the middle point of a line or circle; the middle station of life. The middle path or course is most safe.

2. Intermediate; intervening.

Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends.

Middle ages, the ages or period of time about equally distant from the decline of the Roman empire and the revival of letters in Europe, or from the eighth to the fifteenth century of the christian era.




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MIDDLE, a. mid'l. [L. medius.]

1. Equally distant from the extremes; as the middle point of a line or circle; the middle station of life. The middle path or course is most safe.

2. Intermediate; intervening.

Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends.

Middle ages, the ages or period of time about equally distant from the decline of the Roman empire and the revival of letters in Europe, or from the eighth to the fifteenth century of the christian era.


MID-DLE, a. [mid'l; Sax. middel; D. middel; G. mittel; Dan. middel; perhaps mid and deel; Sans. medhi and madhyam; L. medius; Gr. μεσος; It. mezzo; Sp. medio; Port. mayo, mediano; Ir. modham, muadh; Fr. midi, moyen, (mitan, obs.;) Ch. מצע. This word has the elements of the Sax. mid, D. mede, Sw. and Dan. mede, G. mit, with Gr. μετα, which is from the root of the English meet, – which see. Qu. has not the L. medius, in the phrase medius fidius, the sense of with or by; by or with my faith. In W. mid signifies an inclosure, a hem or list round a place. In Russ. mejdu signifies among. See Class Ms, No. 21, 27.]

  1. Equally distant from the extremes; as, the middle point of a line or circle; the middle station of life. The middle path or course is most safe.
  2. Intermediate; intervening. Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends. Davies. Middle ages, the ages or period of time about equally distant from the decline of the Roman empire and the revival of letters in Europe, or from the eighth to the fifteenth century of the Christian era.

MID'DLE, n.

  1. The point or part equally distant from the extremities. See, there come people down by the middle of the land. Judges ix.
  2. The time that passes, or events that happen between the beginning and the end. Dryden. Middle and center are not always used synonymously. Center is most properly applied to circular, globular or regular bodies; middle is used with less definiteness. We say, the center of a circle or of the solar system; the middle of a page, the middle of the night or of the month.

Mid"dle
  1. Equally distant from the extreme either of a number of things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the middle house in a row; a middle rank or station in life; flowers of middle summer; men of middle age.
  2. The point or part equally distant from the extremities or exterior limits, as of a line, a surface, or a solid; an intervening point or part in space, time, or order of series; the midst; central portion

    ; speci
  3. Intermediate; intervening.

    Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends. Sir J. Davies.

    * Middle is sometimes used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, middle-sized, middle- witted.

    Middle Ages, the period of time intervening between the decline of the Roman Empire and the revival of letters. Hallam regards it as beginning with the sixth and ending with the fifteenth century. -- Middle class, in England, people who have an intermediate position between the aristocracy and the artisan class. It includes professional men, bankers, merchants, and small landed proprietors

    The middle-class electorate of Great Britain. M. Arnold.

    -- Middle distance. (Paint.) See Middle-ground. -- Middle English. See English, n., 2. -- Middle Kingdom, China. -- Middle oil (Chem.), that part of the distillate obtained from coal tar which passes over between 170° and 230° Centigrade; -- distinguished from the light, and the heavy or dead, oil. -- Middle passage, in the slave trade, that part of the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the West Indies. -- Middle post. (Arch.) Same as King-post. -- Middle States, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware; which, at the time of the formation of the Union, occupied a middle position between the Eastern States (or New England) and the Southern States. [U.S.] -- Middle term (Logic), that term of a syllogism with which the two extremes are separately compared, and by means of which they are brought together in the conclusion. Brande. -- Middle tint (Paint.), a subdued or neutral tint. Fairholt. -- Middle voice. (Gram.) See under Voice. -- Middle watch, the period from midnight to four A. M.; also, the men on watch during that time. Ham. Nav. Encyc. -- Middle weight, a pugilist, boxer, or wrestler classed as of medium weight, i. e., over 140 and not over 160 lbs., in distinction from those classed as light weights, heavy weights, etc.

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Middle

MIDDLE, adjective mid'l. [Latin medius.]

1. Equally distant from the extremes; as the middle point of a line or circle; the middle station of life. The middle path or course is most safe.

2. Intermediate; intervening.

Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends.

MIDDLE ages, the ages or period of time about equally distant from the decline of the Roman empire and the revival of letters in Europe, or from the eighth to the fifteenth century of the christian era.

MID'DLE, noun The point or part equally distant from the extremities.

See, there come people down by the middle of the land. Judges 9:37.

1. The time that passes, or events that happen between the beginning and the end.

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