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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The physical world, as imagined between heaven and hell, or pre-Christian equivalents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The world, considered as lying between heaven and hell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The earth regarded as placed midway between heaven and hell (the upper and the lower earth or world).

Etymologies

From Middle English myddyl erthe, alteration (as if middel ("middle") + erthe ("earth")) of earlier middelerd, middenerd ("middle-earth"), from Old English middanġeard ("the globe, world, earth, mankind", literally "middle yard, middle inclosure, middle region") (compare mid, yard), though often interpreted since Old English times as  ("middle + earth"). Cognate with Icelandic miðgarðr ("Midgard"), Gothic  (midjungards, "mid-yard, middle abode"). See Midgard. (Wiktionary)

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