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

  • n. The area of a fair, carnival, circus, or exposition where sideshows and other amusements are located.
  • n. Obsolete The middle of a way or distance.
  • n. Obsolete A middle course of action or thought.
  • adv. In the middle of a way or distance; halfway: midway through the second quarter of the football game.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The middle; the midst.
  • n. A middle way or manner; a mean or middle course between extremes.
  • n. The part of a fair or circus where rides, entertainments, and booths are concentrated.
  • adj. Being in the middle of the way or distance; middle.
  • adv. Halfway; equidistant from either end point; in the middle between two points

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being in the middle of the way or distance.
  • adv. In the middle of the way or distance; half way.
  • n. The middle of the way or distance; a middle way or course.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The middle; the midst.
  • n. A middle way or manner; a mean or middle course between extremes.
  • Being in the middle of the way or distance; middle.
  • In the middle of the way or distance; half-way.
  • n. A middle way or path: also attributively: as, ‘the Midway Plaisance,’ a part of the exhibition park at the World's Fair in Chicago (1893), projecting from the park at a point midway between the north and south sides.
  • n. Hence A place for booths and side-shows at a fair.

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

  • n. naval battle of World War II (June 1942); American planes based on land and on carriers decisively defeated a Japanese fleet on its way to invade the Midway Islands
  • adv. at half the distance; at the middle
  • adj. equally distant from the extremes
  • n. the place at a fair or carnival where sideshows and similar amusements are located


From Middle English mydwaye, mydweye, from Old English midweġ ("midway"), equivalent to mid- +‎ way. Cognate with Dutch midweg ("midway"), Middle Low German midwech ("midway"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Murray evened it again midway through the third period when he backhanded in a rebound of Mike Commodore's drive from the point.


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