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MIDST, n. [contracted from middest, the superlative of mid.]

The middle.

There is nothing said or done in the midst of the play, which might not have been placed in the beginning.

The phrase, in the midst, often signifies involved in, surrounded or overwhelmed by, or in the thickest part, or in the depths of; as in the midst of afflictions, troubles or cares; in the midst of our contemplations; in the midst of the battle; in the midst of pagan darkness and error; in the midst of gospel light; in the midst of the ocean; in the midst of civil dissensions.

From the midst, from the middle, or from among. Deut.18.

MIDST, adv. In the middle.

On earth,join all ye creatures to extol

Him first, Him last, Him midst, and without end.



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MIDST, n. [contracted from middest, the superlative of mid.]

The middle.

There is nothing said or done in the midst of the play, which might not have been placed in the beginning.

The phrase, in the midst, often signifies involved in, surrounded or overwhelmed by, or in the thickest part, or in the depths of; as in the midst of afflictions, troubles or cares; in the midst of our contemplations; in the midst of the battle; in the midst of pagan darkness and error; in the midst of gospel light; in the midst of the ocean; in the midst of civil dissensions.

From the midst, from the middle, or from among. Deut.18.

MIDST, adv. In the middle.

On earth,join all ye creatures to extol

Him first, Him last, Him midst, and without end.

MIDST, adv.

In the middle. On earth, join all ye creatures to extol / Him first, Him last, Him midst, and without end. Milton.


MIDST, n. [contracted from middest, the superlative of mid.]

The middle. There is nothing said or done in the midst of the play, which might not have been placed in the beginning. Dryden. The phrase, in the midst, often signifies involved in, surrounded or overwhelmed by, or in the thickest part, or in the depths of; as, in the midst of afflictions, troubles or cares; in the midst of our contemplations; in the midst of the battle; in the midst of pagan darkness and error; in the midst of Gospel light; in the midst of the ocean; the midst of civil dissensions. From the midst, from the middle, or from among. Deut. xviii.


Midst
  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.

    And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him. Luke iv. 35.

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

  2. In the midst of; amidst.

    Shak.
  3. In the middle.

    [R.] Milton.
  4. 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.

    * 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.

    Syn. -- Midst, Middle. 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.

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Midst

MIDST, noun [contracted from middest, the superlative of mid.]

The middle.

There is nothing said or done in the midst of the play, which might not have been placed in the beginning.

The phrase, in the midst often signifies involved in, surrounded or overwhelmed by, or in the thickest part, or in the depths of; as in the midst of afflictions, troubles or cares; in the midst of our contemplations; in the midst of the battle; in the midst of pagan darkness and error; in the midst of gospel light; in the midst of the ocean; in the midst of civil dissensions.

From the midst from the middle, or from among. Deuteronomy 18:15.

MIDST, adverb In the middle.

On earth, join all ye creatures to extol

Him first, Him last, Him midst and without end.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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recollect

RECOLLECT', v.t. [re and collect; L. recolligo, recollectus.]

1. To collect again; applied to ideas that have escaped from the memory; to recover or call back ideas to the memory. I recollect what was said at a former interview; or I cannot recollect what was said.

2. To recover or recall the knowledge of; to bring back to the mind or memory. I met a man whom I thought I had seen before, but I could not recollect his name or the place where I had seen him. I do not recollect you, sir.

3. To recover resolution or composure of mind.

The Tyrian queen admir'd his fortunes, more admir'd the man, then recollected stood.

[In this sense, collected is more generally used.]

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