Other forms: middling; middles; middler; middled; middlingly

The middle of something is its center, or the point where the two ends are the same distance away. If you're in the middle of a 26.2 mile marathon, you've reached the halfway mark, and you've run 13.1 miles.

A middle part in your hair is in the center of your scalp, and the middle of a tennis court has a net for hitting the ball over. Middle also means "belly" or "abdomen," as in the middle part of a body, or "between an earlier and later time." Your middle name is usually the second of three names. If someone says, "Patience is my middle name," they mean that it's their most distinct or strong characteristic.

Definitions of middle
  1. noun
    an area that is approximately central within some larger region
    synonyms: center, centre, eye, heart
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    City of London
    the part of London situated within the ancient boundaries; the commercial and financial center of London
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    center stage, centre stage
    the central area on a theater stage
    central city, city center, city centre
    the central part of a city
    storm center, storm centre
    the central area or place of lowest barometric pressure within a storm
    financial center
    the part of a city where financial institutions are centered
    a center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve
    inner city
    the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
    medical center
    the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
    (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
    a center of authority (as a city from which authority is exercised)
    the middle of a stream
    a seat of government
    civic center, down town, municipal center
    the center of a city
    county courthouse, county seat
    the town or city that is the seat of government for a county
    county town, shire town
    the town or city that is the seat of government for a shire
    the seat within a bishop's diocese where his cathedral is located
    type of:
    area, country
    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
  2. noun
    an intermediate part or section
    “"A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle”
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    the first part or section of something
    a final part or section
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    type of:
    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  3. noun
    the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)
    synonyms: midriff, midsection
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    type of:
    area, region
    a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve
  4. noun
    time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
    “the middle of the war”
    “rain during the middle of April”
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    beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
    the time at which something is supposed to begin
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
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    the central and most intense or profound part
    type of:
    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  5. adjective
    being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series
    “the middle point on a line”
    synonyms: in-between, mediate
    lying between two extremes in time or space or state
  6. adjective
    equally distant from the extremes
    synonyms: center, halfway, midway
    in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area
  7. adjective
    between an earlier and a later period of time
    “in the middle years”
    “in his middle thirties”
    occurring or falling between events or points in time
    used in combination to denote the middle
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    at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
    being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
    aboriginal, primaeval, primal, primeval, primordial
    having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state
    advance, beforehand
    being ahead of time or need
    archaean, archean
    of or relating to the earliest known rocks formed during the Precambrian Eon
    archaeozoic, archeozoic
    of or belonging to earlier of two divisions of the Precambrian era
    before the appearance of life
    earlier, earliest
    (comparative and superlative of `early') more early than; most early
    being somewhat early
    premature, untimely
    uncommonly early or before the expected time
    premature, previous
    too soon or too hasty
    formed in the later of two divisions of the Precambrian era
    indicating the first or earliest or original
    very early
    advanced, ripe
    far along in time
    after closing time especially a legally established closing time
    somewhat late
    occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
    preceding all others in time or space or degree
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  8. adjective
    of a stage in the development of a language or literature between earlier and later stages
    Middle English is the English language from about 1100 to 1500”
    Middle Gaelic”
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    of an early stage in the development of a language or literature
    of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages
    of a very early stage in development
    Modern, New
    used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
    in use after medieval times
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  9. verb
    put in the middle
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    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location




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