from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A US territory consisting of an atoll with two small islands in the central Pacific Ocean northwest of Honolulu. Discovered in 1859, Midway was annexed by the United States in 1867 and served as a naval air base until 1993. The American victory over the Japanese in the Battle of Midway (June 4–7, 1942) was a major turning point in the Pacific campaign of World War II.


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