Definitions

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

  • prep. Variant of amid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the midst or center of; among; surrounded by; in the course or progress of. See amid.

Etymologies

Middle English amiddes : amidde; see amid + -es, adverbial suffix; see -s3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English amidde, amiddes, on midden, from Old English on middan ‘in the middle’, from midd ‘central’. The -s is an adverbial ending, originally marking the genitive; the t is a later addition, as in whilst, amongst, alongst. See mid. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • But he found that a traveller's life is one that includes much pain amidst its enjoyments.

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  • Well, in amidst this anxiety and sense of being like a spider with everybody pulling on a different leg, there is some news I consider positive.

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  • As an individual incident, it was pretty trivial - but if Democratic surrogates can't help but say nice things about McCain amidst their attacks, the forcefulness of those attacks is going to be muted.

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  • There are quite a few parts that made me laugh, too, in amidst the ripping off of body parts and tearing apart of flesh, shagging, and blood drinking.

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  • Maybe I can squeeze a few of these in amidst the chaos before the ball drops on the first.

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  • If I'm lucky I'll be able to sew a little tomorrow in amidst the housecleaning.

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  • And did it even occur to you once sir — somewhere in amidst those eight separate, gruesome, intentional, terroristic invocations of the horrors of 9/11 — that with only a little further shift in this world we now know — just a touch more repudiation of all of that for which our patriots died —

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  • I don't write a lot of fiction these days, because I find it the hardest thing in the world to write, but when I have a story I think might not be a complete waste of an editor's time, I try to submit it with the same attitude I had before anybody ever knew me as anything other than yet another name amidst all the others in the slush.

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  • She remembered riding the trolley cars with her sister up King Street–the two of them squeezed in amidst passengers carrying everything from squid to pigs, chickens to Chinese laundry–mules and horses exuberantly defecating as they dragged the tram along in their wake.

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