Definition of middle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪdl//
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  1. 1  the middle [singular] the part of something that is at an equal distance from all its edges or sides; a point or a period of time between the beginning and the end of something a lake with an island in the middle He was standing in the middle of the room. The phone rang in the middle of the night. This chicken isn't cooked in the middle. His picture was right/bang(= exactly)in the middle of the front page. I have a pain in the middle of my back. Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. I should have finished by the middle of the week. You can’t leave in the middle of the meeting! I like a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. When they quarrel, I am often caught in the middle. see also monkey in the middle, piggy in the middle
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (informal) a person’s waist He grabbed her around the middle. I’ve put on weight around the middle.
  3. Word OriginOld English middel, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch middel and German Mittel.Extra examples Divide the cake down the middle. It hit him bang in the middle of his forehead. Let’s wait until the middle of April. They stood in the middle of the field. We moved to the middle of London.Idioms
    be in the middle of something/of doing something
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    to be busy doing something They were in the middle of dinner when I called. I'm in the middle of writing a difficult letter.
    (informal) a place that is a long way from other buildings, towns, etc. She lives on a small farm in the middle of nowhere.
    split/divide something down the middle
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    to divide something into two equal parts The country was split down the middle over the strike (= half supported it, half did not).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: middle