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midst


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Midst  \Midst\,  prep. 
  In  the  midst  of  amidst.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Midst  \Midst\,  adv 
  In  the  middle.  [R.]  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Midst  \Midst\,  n.  [From  middest,  in  the  middest,  for  older  in 
  middes,  where  -s  is  adverbial  (orig.  forming  a  genitive),  or 
  still  older  a  midde,  a  midden,  on  midden.  See  {Mid},  and  cf 
  {Amidst}.] 
  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.  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. 
 
  Note:  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}. 
 
  Usage:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  midst 
  n  :  the  location  of  something  surrounded  by  other  things  "in 
  the  midst  of  the  crowd"  [syn:  {thick}] 




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