Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Middle; central.
  • adj. Being the part in the middle or center: in the mid Pacific.
  • adj. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a vowel produced with the tongue in a position approximately intermediate between high and low, as the vowel in but.
  • prep. Surrounded by; amid: mid smoke and flame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Denoting the middle part.
  • adj. Occupying a middle position; middle.
  • adj. Made with a somewhat elevated position of some certain part of the tongue, in relation to the palate; midway between the high and the low; said of certain vowel sounds; as, a (ale), / (/ll), / (/ld).
  • n. middle
  • n. Mobile information device
  • prep. With.
  • prep. Amid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Denoting the middle part.
  • adj. Occupying a middle position; middle
  • adj. Made with a somewhat elevated position of some certain part of the tongue, in relation to the palate; midway between the high and the low; -- said of certain vowel sounds. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 10, 11.
  • n. Middle.
  • prep. See amid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Middle; being the middle part or midst.
  • Being between; intermediate; intervening: only in inseparable compounds: as, midrib, midriff, midwicket.
  • n. Middle; midst.
  • With: a preposition formerly in common use, but now entirely superseded by with. It remains only in the compound midwife.
  • An abbreviation of amid, used in poetry.
  • n. A dialectal form of might.
  • n. A midshipman. Also middy.
  • n. An abbreviation of middle (voice).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used in combination to denote the middle

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English midd; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
Alteration of amid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English mid ("with, in conjunction with, in company with, together with, into the presence of, through, by means of, by, among, in, at (time), in the sight of, opinion of", preposition), from Proto-Germanic *midi (“with”), from Proto-Indo-European *medʰi-, *meta (“with”). Cognate with North Frisian mits ("with"), Dutch met ("with"), German mit ("with"), Danish med ("with"), Icelandic með ("with"), Ancient Greek μετά (metá, "among, between, with"), Albanian me ("with, together"), Sanskrit  (smat, "together, at the same time"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English mid, midde, from Old English midd ("mid, middle, midway"), from Proto-Germanic *midjaz (“mid, middle”, adjective), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (“between, in the middle, middle”). Cognate with Dutch mits ("provided that"), German mitte ("center, middle, mean"), Icelandic miðr ("middle", adjective), Latin medius ("middle, medium"). See also middle. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English mid, midde, from Old English midd ("midst, middle", noun), from Proto-Germanic *midjan, *medjōn, *midjô (“middle, center”) < *midjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *medhy- (“between, in the middle, middle”), *medʰyo-. Cognate with German Mitte ("center, middle, midst"), Danish midje ("middle"), Icelandic midja ("middle"). See also median, Latin medianus. (Wiktionary)
Acronym. From "mobile information device". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • + Ne beo in hire naþing iwrat bute chirche bisocnie ⁊ beode to criste ⁊ eoten ⁊ dri {n} ken mid griðe ⁊ mid  {80} gledscipe.

    Selections from early Middle English, 1130-1250 Part I: Texts

  • Þa ferde he mid micel færd into engle [la] nd. ⁊ wan castles. ⁊ te king ferde agenes hi {m} mid  {180} micel mare ferd. ⁊ þoþwæthere fuhtten hi noht. oc ferden þe ærceb {iscop} ⁊ te wise me ` n´ betwux heo {m}. ⁊ makede ð sahte ð te king sculde ben lauerd ⁊ king wile he liuede.

    Selections from early Middle English, 1130-1250 Part I: Texts

  • The term mid-size terror bird sounds kind of bizarre at first, as though terror birds, whatever they might be, come in a range of sizes, all of them a bit scary - sort of like coffee options at Starbucks.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Although the term mid-cap may be a stretch for a company with a market cap of $8 billion, I don't think that Safeway is a large enough company to accurately be described as a large-cap.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • One of the finest achievements occurred the other night with Celtic defying history and winning a UEFA Champions League tie against a well-oiled Russian team challenging for the title mid-way through their season.

    The Roar - Your Sports Opinion

  • If you start looking at ISV-502, I use the term mid-margin diseases; blepharoconjunctivitis is a part of mid-margin disease.

    undefined

  • Instead he calls for the party to revive the spirit of what he calls the "mid nineties modernisers":For those mid nineties modernisers, making the party comfortable was never enough.

    Douglas Alexander delivers jolt to Tories as he says Labour can win

  • The next type of paid web host is what I refer to as a mid-range web host, meaning that they offer prices and service that will satisfy the majority of web sites out there.

    Web Hosting: Which Is The Host With The Most?

  • What was Tropical Depression Alpha kind of merged in with Wilma a little bit, but Wilma and what we call a mid-latitude low pressure system, which is really going to turn into a Nor'easter, basically, they're going to maintain their separate identities.

    CNN Transcript Oct 25, 2005

  • Mr. Harmon: I cover what we refer to as mid-cap banks, small- and mid-cap regional banks in the Southeast and the Midwest.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.