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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Middle  \Mid"dle\,  a.  [OE.  middel,  AS  middel;  akin  to  D.  middel, 
  OHG.  muttil  G.  mittel.  ????.  See  {Mid},  a.] 
  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.  Intermediate;  intervening. 
 
  Will  seeking  good,  finds  many  middle  ends  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  Note:  Middle  is  sometimes  used  in  the  formation  of 
  selfexplaining  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[deg]  and 
  230[deg]  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Middle  \Mid"dle\,  n.  [AS.  middel.  See  {Middle},  a.] 
  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;  specif.,  the  waist.  --Chaucer. 
  ``The  middle  of  the  land.''  --Judg.  ix  37. 
 
  In  this  as  in  most  questions  of  state,  there  is  a 
  middle.  --Burke. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Midst}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  middle 
  adj  1:  being  neither  at  the  beginning  nor  at  the  end  in  a  series; 
  "adolescence  is  an  awkward  in-between  age";  "in  a 
  mediate  position";  "the  middle  point  on  a  line"  [syn: 
  {in-between},  {mediate}] 
  2:  equally  distant  from  the  extremes  [syn:  {center(a)},  {halfway}, 
  {middle(a)},  {midway}] 
  3:  (linguistics)  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"  [ant:  {late},  {early}] 
  4:  between  an  earlier  and  a  later  period  of  time;  "in  the 
  middle  years";  "in  his  middle  thirties"  [ant:  {late},  {early}] 
  5:  of  the  stage  of  education  and  schools  between  elementary  and 
  secondary  including  middle  grades  centering  on  5  through 
  7;  "intermediate  schools";  "the  intermediate  (or  middle) 
  grades";  "a  middle  school"  [syn:  {intermediate(a)}]  [ant: 
  {secondary(a)},  {elementary(a)}] 
  n  1:  an  area  that  is  approximately  central  within  some  larger 
  region;  "it  is  in  the  center  of  town";  "they  ran  forward 
  into  the  heart  of  the  struggle";  "they  were  in  the  eye 
  of  the  storm"  [syn:  {center},  {centre},  {heart},  {eye}] 
  2:  an  intermediate  part  or  section:  "A  whole  is  that  which  has 
  beginning,  middle,  and  end"-  Aristotle  [ant:  {end},  {beginning}] 
  3:  the  middle  area  of  the  human  torso  (usually  in  front)  [syn: 
  {midriff},  {midsection}] 
  4:  time  between  the  beginning  and  the  end  of  a  temporal  period: 
  "the  middle  of  the  war";  "rain  during  the  middle  of  April" 
  [ant:  {end},  {beginning}] 
  v  :  put  in  the  middle 




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