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Middle East
—Middle Eastern. —Middle Easterner. 1. Also called Mideast. (loosely) the area from Libya E to Afghanistan, usually including Egypt, Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, ...
Middle East and North Africa: Middle Eastern and North African Affairs
▪ 1994 Introduction       The bilateral agreement between Israel and the Palestinians for self-government in parts of the Israeli-occupied territories was signed by ...
Middle East, ancient
▪ historical region, Asia Introduction       history of the region from prehistoric times to the rise of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and other ...
Middle Eastern religion
Introduction       any of the religious beliefs, attitudes, and practices developed in the ancient Middle East (extending geographically from Iran to Egypt and from ...
Middle Easterner
See MiddleEastern. * * *
Middle England
n [U] British people who have traditional opinions about politics and society, especially middle-class people living in the south of England: The government needs to convince ...
Middle English
the English language of the period c1150-c1475. Abbr.: ME [1830-40] * * * Vernacular spoken and written in England с 1100–1500, the descendant of Old English and the ancestor ...
Middle English language
      the vernacular spoken and written in England from about 1100 to about 1500, the descendant of the Old English language and the ancestor of Modern ...
middle finger
the finger between the forefinger and the third finger. [bef. 1000; ME, OE] * * *
Middle Flemish
the Flemish language of the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. * * *
Middle French
the French language of the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Abbr.: MF [1885-90] * * *
middle game
Chess. the stage between the opening and the end game, characterized by complicated moves by both opponents with pieces at full strength. [1890-95] * * *
Middle Greek
Middle Greek n. MEDIEVAL GREEK * * *
Middle Greek.
See Medieval Greek. [1885-90] * * *
middle ground
1. an intermediate position, area, or recourse between two opposites or extremes; a halfway or neutral standpoint. 2. See middle distance (def. 1). 3. Naut. a length of ...
middle guard
Football. a defensive lineman positioned opposite the offensive center and between the defensive tackles, as in a three- or five-man line. Also called nose guard. [1870-75, for ...
Middle High German
the High German language of the period 1100-1500. Abbr.: MHG * * *
middle initial
➡ names * * *
Middle Irish
the Irish language of the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries. * * *
Middle Kingdom
1. Also called Middle Empire. the period in the history of ancient Egypt, c2000-1785 B.C., comprising the 11th to 14th dynasties. Cf. New Kingdom, Old Kingdom. 2. Hist. a. the 18 ...
middle lamella
Bot. the layer of cementing material, composed of pectates and similar substances, between the walls of adjacent cells. [1920-25] * * *
Middle Latin
Middle Latin n. MEDIEVAL LATIN * * *
Middle Latin.
See Medieval Latin. * * *
middle latitude
the latitude of the point that is midway between two parallels on the same side of the equator. Also called mean latitude. [1700-10] * * *
Middle Low German
Low German of the period c1100-c1500. [1885-90] * * *
middle management
the middle echelon of administration in business and industry. [1945-50] * * *
middle name
the part of a person's name occurring between the first and family names, as a second given name or a maternal surname. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
Middle Paleolithic.
See under Paleolithic. * * *
middle passage
Hist. the part of the Atlantic Ocean between the west coast of Africa and the West Indies: the longest part of the journey formerly made by slave ships. Also, Middle ...
Middle Path
Buddhism. the conduct of life by a religious person in such a way as to avoid the extremes of luxury and asceticism. * * *
Middle Persian
the Persian language at a stage that begins c300 B.C. and includes Pahlavi (attested from the 3rd to the 7th centuries A.D.) as well as the West Iranian literatures (3rd-10th ...
middle plane.
See middle distance (def. 1). * * *
Middle Rhine Highlands
▪ mountains, Europe also called  Rhenish Slate Mountains , German  Rheinisches Schiefergebirge        mountainous highlands lying mainly in northwestern Germany but ...
Middle River
a city in N Maryland: suburb of Baltimore. 26,756. * * *
middle school
a school intermediate between elementary school and high school, usually encompassing grades five or six through eight. Cf. intermediate school. [1830-40] * * *
Middle States
Middle States those eastern states between the New England states and the South; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland * * *
Middle States.
See Middle Atlantic States. * * *
Middle Stone Age
Middle Stone Age n. the Mesolithic * * *
middle stump
Cricket. the stump inside of the leg stump and the off stump; the second of the three stumps of a wicket. * * *
Middle Temple
1. See under Inns of Court (def. 1). 2. See under temple1 (def. 10). [1595-1605] * * *
middle term
middle term n. the term appearing in both premises of a syllogism but not in the conclusion * * *
middle term.
See under syllogism (def. 1). [1595-1605] * * *
middle watch
Naut. the watch from midnight until 4 A.M. Also called graveyard watch, midwatch. [1605-15] * * *
Middle Way
Sanskrit  Madhyama-pratipadā , Pāli  Majjhima-patipadā        in Buddhism, complement of general and specific ethical practices and philosophical views that are ...
Middle West
—Middle Westerner. the region of the United States bounded on the W by the Rocky Mountains, on the S by the Ohio River and the S extremities of Missouri and Kansas, and on the ...
Middle Western
of or pertaining to the Middle West. Also called Midwestern. [1905-10, Amer.] * * *
Middle Westerner
See MiddleWestern. * * *
middle years.
See middle age. * * *
middle-age spread
/mid"l ayj'/ an increase in bulk, esp. in the waist and buttocks, associated with the onset of middle age and the body's decreasing ability to metabolize calories ...
—middle-agedly /mid"l ay"jid lee, -ayjd"-/, adv. —middle-agedness, n. /mid"l ayjd"/, adj. 1. being of the age intermediate between youth and old age, roughly between 45 and ...
/mid"l bawrn'/, adj. 1. neither first nor last in order of birth, esp. second in a family of three children. n. 2. a middle-born child. * * *
—middle-classness, n. /mid"l klas", -klahs"/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the middle class; bourgeois: middle-class taste; middle-class morality. [1890-95] * * ...
middle-distance running
▪ sports  in athletics (track and field), races that range in distance from 800 metres (roughly one-half mile) to 3,000 metres (almost 2 miles). In international ...
mid·dle-in·come (mĭdʹl-ĭnʹkŭm) adj. Of or relating to people or groups whose income falls in the middle of the range for an overall population. * * *
/mid"l lev'euhl/, adj. occurring at or having a middle or intermediate position or status: middle-level management. * * *
—middle-of-the-roader, n. —middle-of-the-roadism, n. /mid"l euhv dheuh rohd"/, adj. 1. favoring, following, or characterized by an intermediate position between two extremes, ...
See middle-of-the-road. * * *
/mid"l suyzd'/, adj. medium-sized. [1625-35] * * *
middle age n. The time of human life between youth and old age, usually reckoned as the years between 40 and 60. Also called midlife. * * *
Middle Ages pl.n. The period in European history between antiquity and the Renaissance, often dated from A.D. 476 to 1453. * * *
I. Middle America1 A region of southern North America comprising Mexico, Central America, and sometimes the West Indies.   Middle American adj. & n.   II. Middle ...
See Middle America1. * * *
MiddleAtlantic States
Middle Atlantic States also Mid-At·lan·tic States (mĭd'ăt-lănʹtĭk) The U.S. states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and usually Delaware and Maryland. * * *
/mid"l berr'oh, -bur'oh/, n. a town in SE Massachusetts. 16,404. * * *
/mid"l bray'keuhr/, n. lister (def. 1). [MIDDLE + BREAKER1] * * *
—middlebrowism, n. /mid"l brow'/, n. Informal. a person of conventional tastes and interests in matters of culture; a moderately cultivated person. [1920-25; MIDDLE + BROW, on ...
Middleburg Heights
/mid"l berrg'/ a town in N Ohio. 16,218. * * *
▪ Vermont, United States  town (township), seat of Addison county, west-central Vermont, U.S. The area was chartered in 1761, along with Salisbury and New Haven, and named ...
Middlebury College
Private liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vt. , founded in 1800. It is known for its curriculum emphasizing writing, literature, and modern languages. Middlebury sponsors the ...
/mid"l bus'teuhr/, n. Southern U.S. lister (def. 1). [1905-10, Amer.; MIDDLE + BUSTER] * * *
middle C n. Music The tone represented by a note on the first ledger line below a treble clef or the first ledger line above a bass clef. It is the first C below international ...
Middle Chinese n. The Chinese language during the Sui and Tang dynasties (581-907). * * *
middle class n. The socioeconomic class between the working class and the upper class.   mid'dle-classʹ (mĭd'l-klăsʹ) adj. * * *
Middlecoff, Cary
▪ 1999       American dentist turned golfer whose 40 wins on the Professional Golfers' Association Tour from 1945 to 1967 included the U.S. Open in 1949 and 1956 and the ...
middle distance n. 1. The area between the foreground and background in a painting, drawing, or photograph. Also called middle ground. 2. Sports. A division of competition in ...
Middle Dutch n. The Dutch language from the middle of the 12th through the 15th century. * * *
middle ear n. The space between the eardrum and the inner ear that contains the three auditory ossicles, which convey vibrations through the oval window to the cochlea. Also ...
Middle East also Mid·east (mĭd-ēstʹ) An area comprising the countries of southwest Asia and northeast Africa. In the 20th century the region has been the continuing scene ...
See Middle East. * * *
Middle English n. The English language from about 1100 to 1500. * * *
middle ground n. 1. See middle distance. 2. A point of view midway between extremes: “the middle ground between news and amusement” (Roderick Anscombe). * * *
/mid"l hand'/, n. Cards. the player on the dealer's right in a game with three players. Cf. endhand, forehand (def. 7). [MIDDLE + HAND] * * *
MiddleHigh German
Middle High German n. High German from the 11th through the 15th century. * * *
Middle Iranian adj. Of or relating to any of the Iranian languages, such as Pahlavi or Khotanese, spoken from about the first to the tenth century A.D. in areas of western and ...
Middle Irish n. Irish from the 10th through the 13th century. * * *
middle lamella n. The pectin-rich intercellular material cementing together the primary walls of adjacent plant cells. * * *
Middle Loup (lo͞op) A river rising in central Nebraska and flowing about 354 km (220 mi) east and southeast to join the North Loup and South Loup rivers and form the Loup ...
MiddleLow German
Middle Low German n. Low German from the middle of the 13th through the 15th century. * * *
/mid"l man'/, n., pl. middlemen. 1. a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer. 2. a person who acts as an intermediary. [1400-50; ...
middle management n. The middle tier of management, usually including lower executives and employees who manage supervisors overseeing day-to-day operations.   middle manager ...
See middle management. * * *
/mid"l mahrch'/, n. a novel (1871-72) by George Eliot. * * *
/mid"l mohst'/, adj. midmost. [1275-1325; ME middelmast. See MIDDLE, -MOST] * * *
middle name n. A name that occurs between a person's first name and surname. * * *
Middle Palisade A mountain, 4,273.7 m (14,012 ft) high, of the Sierra Nevada in east-central California. * * *
▪ Kentucky, United States officially  Middlesborough        city, Bell county, southeastern Kentucky, U.S., about 61 miles (98 km) north of Knoxville, Tennessee. It ...
/mid"lz berr'oh, -bur'oh/, n. a city in SE Kentucky. 12,251. * * *
/mid"lz breuh/, n. a seaport in NE England, on the Tees estuary. 153,300. * * * Town and unitary authority (pop., 2001: 134,487), geographic county of North Yorkshire, historic ...
—middlescent, adj. /mid'l es"euhns/, n. the middle-age period of life, esp. when considered a difficult time of self-doubt and readjustment. [1960-65; b. MIDDLE and ...
middle school n. A school at a level between elementary and high school, typically including grades five through eight. * * *
/mid"l seks'/, n. 1. a former county in SE England, now part of Greater London. 2. a borough in central New Jersey. 13,480. * * * Historic county, southeastern England, situated ...
Middlesex Hospital
a large teaching hospital in central London, England. It was established in 1745. * * *
Middlesex, Lionel Cranfield, 1st earl of
▪ English government official born 1575 died 1645       lord treasurer of England under King James I (ruled 1603–25). Although most historians regard him as James's ...
MiddleStone Age
Middle Stone Age n. See Mesolithic. * * *
middle term n. Logic Abbr. M The term in a syllogism presented in both premises but not appearing in the conclusion. * * *
/mid"l teuhn/, n. 1. Thomas, c1570-1627, English dramatist. 2. a town in S Wisconsin. 11,779. * * * (as used in expressions) Clayton John Middleton Cox James Middleton Middleton ...
Middleton, Arthur
▪ United States statesman born June 26, 1742, near Charleston, S.C. died Jan. 1, 1787, Goose Creek, S.C., U.S.  British American planter, legislator, signer of the ...
Middleton, Charles Middleton, 2nd earl of
▪ British statesman born c. 1640 died 1719       Jacobite supporter of James II of England and of James Edward, the Old Pretender.       Eldest son of the 1st ...
Middleton, John Middleton, 1st earl of
▪ Scottish Royalist born c. 1619 died June 1674, Tangier       Scottish Royalist during the reigns of Charles I and Charles II.       In early life he served as ...
Middleton, Stanley
▪ British author and academic born Aug. 1, 1919, Bulwell, Nottingham, Eng.       British writer and academic whose many domestic novels examine lower-middle-class ...
Middleton, T F
▪ British missionary born Jan. 28, 1769, Kedleston, Derbyshire, Eng. died July 8, 1822, Calcutta       noted Anglican missionary who was the first bishop of Calcutta ...
Middleton, Thomas
born April? 1580, London, Eng. died July 4, 1627, Newington Butts, Surrey British playwright. Middleton studied at Oxford University and had written three books of poetry by ...
Mid·dle·ton (mĭdʹl-tən), Thomas. 1570?-1627. English playwright whose comedies, written between 1604 and 1611, include A Trick to Catch the Old One and A Chaste Maid in ...
/mid"l tohn'/, n. halftone (def. 1). [1960-65; MIDDLE + TONE] * * *
/mid"l town'/, n. 1. a township in E New Jersey. 62,574. 2. a city in SW Ohio, on the Miami River. 43,719. 3. a city in central Connecticut, on the Connecticut River. 39,040. 4. ...
/mid"l wayt'/, n. 1. a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a welterweight and a light heavyweight, esp. a professional boxer weighing up to 160 pounds (72.5 ...
Middle Welsh n. See Medieval Welsh. * * *
Middle West See Midwest.   Middle Westʹern adj. Middle Westʹern·er n. * * *
See Middle West. * * *
—middlingly, adv. /mid"ling/, adj. 1. medium, moderate, oraverage in size, quantity, or quality: The returns on such a large investment may be only middling. 2. mediocre; ...
See middling. * * *
In Jewish biblical interpretation, the principles used to explicate the meaning of biblical words or passages. The middot are used especially to determine the bearing that a ...
middy1 /mid"ee/, n., pl. middies. 1. Informal. a midshipman. 2. See middy blouse. [1825-35; MID(SHIPMAN) + -Y2] middy2 /mid"ee/, n., pl. middies. Australian Slang. a medium-size ...
middy blouse
any of various loose blouses with a sailor collar, often extending below the waistline to terminate in a broad band or fold, as worn by sailors, women, or children. [1910-15] * * ...
middy blouse n. A woman's or child's loose blouse with a sailor collar. * * *
—Mideastern, adj. /mid"eest"/, n. See Middle East. [1940-45; MID- + EAST] * * *
See Mideast. * * *
See Mideastern. * * *
/mid"en'jeuhn/, adj. Auto. of or pertaining to a configuration in which the engine is located behind the driver and between the front and rear wheels: midengine sports car; ...
Midfaʿi, Jamil al-
▪ Iraqi statesman born 1890, Baghdad died 1959       statesman, several times prime minister of Iraq.       Midfaʿi attended the engineering college in Istanbul ...
/mid"feeld', -feeld"/, n. the middle area of a sports field, esp. the area midway between the two goals. [MID- + FIELD] * * *
/mid"feel'deuhr, -feel"-/, n. a player active in the midfield, as in soccer, often playing both offensively and defensively. [MIDFIELD + -ER1] * * *
/mid"gahrd/, n. Scand. Myth. the middle earth, home of men, lying between Niflheim and Muspelheim, formed from the body of Ymir. [ < ON mithgarthr, c. OE middangeard the earth, ...
Midgard serpent
Scand. Myth. a serpent, the child of Loki and Angerboda, who lies wrapped around the world, tail in mouth, and is destined to kill and to be killed by Thor at Ragnarok; ...
/mij/, n. 1. any of numerous minute dipterous insects, esp. of the family Chironomidae, somewhat resembling a mosquito. Cf. gnat (def. 1). 2. a tiny person. [bef. 900; ME mygge, ...
—midgetism, n. /mij"it/, n. 1. (not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions. 2. any animal or thing that is very small for its ...
midget golf
Informal. See miniature golf. [1925-30] * * *
midget moth
▪ insect       any member of the approximately 300 species in the cosmopolitan family Nepticulidae (sometimes called Stigmellidae), containing some of the smallest ...
midget-car racing
▪ sports       form of automobile racing, popular in the United States, in which miniature front-engine racing cars compete on 1/4- or 1/2-mile dirt or paved tracks. ...
Midgley, Thomas, Jr.
born May 18, 1889, Beaver Falls, Pa., U.S. died Nov. 2, 1944, Worthington, Ohio U.S. engineer and chemist. After studying at Cornell University, he worked as an industrial ...
/mid"gut'/, n. 1. Zool. a. the middle portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, posterior to the stomach or gizzard and extending to the cecum, functioning in the digestion and ...
Midhat Pasha
born October 1822, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire died May 8, 1883, Al-Ṭāʾif, Arabian Peninsula Civil servant and grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire. As governor of Niš ...
/mid hev"euhn/, n. Astrol. the point of a horoscope corresponding to the zenith: the cusp of the tenth house. [1585-95; MID- + HEAVEN] * * *
/mid"ee/, n. 1. a skirt, dress, or coat, of mid-calf length. adj. 2. of the length of a midiskirt. [extracted from MIDISKIRT] * * * in full Musical Instrument Digital ...
/mee dee"/, n. the south of France. [ < F: midday, south; OF, equiv. to mi- middle, half ( < L medius; see MID1) + di day ( < L diem, acc. of dies)] * * * in full Musical ...
/mid"ee/, n. Musical Instrument Digital Interface: a standard means of sending digitally encoded information about music between electronic devices, as between synthesizers and ...
Midi Canal
▪ canal, France also called  Languedoc Canal , French  Canal du Midi  or  Canal du Languedoc   historic canal (canals and inland waterways) in the Languedoc region of ...
midi- [mid′ē, mid′i] 〚
Midi-Pyrénées [mē dē′ pir′ə nēz΄] metropolitan region of SW France: 15,965 sq mi (41,349 sq km); pop. 2,431,000; chief city, Toulouse * * * ▪ region, ...
/mid"ee euhn/, n. a son of Abraham and Keturah. Gen. 25:1-4. * * *
/mid"ee euh nuyt'/, n. 1. a member of an ancient desert people of northwest Arabia near the Gulf of Aqaba, believed to have descended from Midian. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the ...
/mid'n et"/; Fr. /mee dee net"/, n., pl. midinettes /-nets"/; Fr. /-net"/. a young Parisian saleswoman or seamstress. [1905-10; < F, b. midi noon and dînette light meal (see ...
/mid"uy'euhrn/, n. Golf. a club with an iron head the face of which has more slope than a driving iron but less slope than a mid-mashie. Also called number two iron. [1900-05; ...
/mid"ee skerrt'/, n. a skirt or skirt part, as of a dress or coat, ending at the middle of the calf. Also, midi. [1965-70; MID- + (MIN)ISKIRT] * * *
/mid"leuhnd/, n. 1. the middle or interior part of a country. 2. (cap.) the dialect of English spoken in the central part of England. 3. (cap.) the dialect of English spoken in ...
/mid"leuhnd/, n. 1. a city in W Texas. 70,525. 2. a city in central Michigan. 37,250. 3. a town in S Ontario, in S Canada, on Georgian Bay of Lake Huron. 12,132. * * * ▪ ...
Midland Bank PLC
▪ British bank       former British bank, once one of the largest in the world, that became part of HSBC Holdings in 1992. The bank was established as the Birmingham and ...
/mid"leuhndz/, n.pl. the central part of England; the midland counties. * * * ▪ region, England, United Kingdom       region of central England, commonly subdivided ...
n. /mid"leg'/; adv. /mid"leg"/, n. 1. the middle part of the leg. 2. one of the second pair of legs of an insect. adv. 3. at the middle of the leg. [1580-90; MID- + LEG] * * *
(1945– ) a US singer and comic actor. She is small and enthusiastic and makes rude jokes about sex. She is sometimes called the Divine Miss M, which was the title of her first ...
mid·lev·el (mĭdʹlĕv'əl) n. The middle stage or level, as in a series, course of action, or career. * * *
n. /mid"luyf"/; adj. /mid"luyf'/, n. 1. See middle age. adj. 2. middle-aged. Also, mid-life. [1895-1900; MID- + LIFE] * * *
midlife crisis
a period of psychological stress occurring in middle age, thought to be triggered by a physical, occupational, or domestic event, as menopause, diminution of physical prowess, ...
midlife crisis n. A period of psychological doubt and anxiety that some people experience in middle age. * * *
See midlife. * * *
/mid"luyn'/, n. Zool. the median plane of the body of an animal. [1865-70; MID- + LINE1] * * *
mid·list (mĭdʹlĭst') n. The portion of a publisher's list of new or current titles made up of books expected to have less popular appeal than the frontlist. * * *
/mid loh"dhee euhn/ for 1; /mid loh"thee euhn/ for 2, n. 1. Formerly, Edinburgh. a historic county in SE Scotland. 2. a town in NE Illinois. 14,274. * * * ▪ former county, ...
/mid"mawr"ning/, n. 1. the middle of the morning; the time centering around the midpoint between early morning and noon. adv. 2. in the middle of the morning: He usually arrives ...
midmorning prayer
midmorning prayer [mid′môr′niŋ] n. [often M- P-] R.C.Ch. the third of the seven canonical hours; terce * * *
/mid"mohst'/, adj. 1. being in the very middle; middlemost; middle. 2. being or occurring at or near the middle part or point of. 3. most intimate or private; innermost. adv. 4. ...
Midshipman. * * *
Midshipman. * * *
▪ India also spelled  Midnapur  or  Medinipur        city, south-central West Bengal state, northeastern India. The city lies just north of the Kasai River and ...
—midnightly, adj., adv. /mid"nuyt'/, n. 1. the middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night. adj. 2. of or pertaining to midnight. 3. resembling midnight, as in darkness. 4. ...
Midnight Cowboy
a US film (1969) that won an Oscar as Best Picture. It was directed by the English director John Schlesinger, who also received an Oscar. The story is from a novel by James Leo ...
midnight mass
➡ Christmas * * *
midnight sun
the sun visible at midnight in mid-summer in arctic and antarctic regions. [1855-60] * * *  the Sun, as seen in the Arctic or Antarctic, where the tilt of the Earth's axis, ...
midnight sun n. The sun as seen at midnight during the summer within the Arctic and Antarctic regions. * * *
/mid"noohn"/, n. midday. [1570-80; MID- + NOON] * * *
/mid"poynt'/, n. 1. a point at or near the middle of, or equidistant from, both ends, as of a line: the midpoint of a boundary. 2. a point in time halfway between the beginning ...
/mid"raynj'/, adj. Audio. 1. of, pertaining to, or occupying the middle audio frequencies: a midrange frequency. n. 2. this portion of a range: this speaker operates best in the ...
—midrashic /mid rash"ik/, adj. Seph. Heb. /mee drddahsh"/; Ashk. Heb. /mi"drddahsh/, n., pl. midrashim Seph. Heb. /mee drddah sheem"/; Ashk. Heb. /mi drddaw"shim/, midrashoth, ...
/mid"rib'/, n. Bot. the central or middle rib of a leaf. [1690-1700; MID- + RIB1] * * *
/mid"rif/, n. 1. diaphragm (def. 1). 2. the middle part of the body, between the chest and the waist. 3. the part of a dress or bodice, usually close-fitting, that covers this ...
midsagittal plane
/mid saj"i tl/, Craniom. a plane passing through the nasion when the skull is oriented in the Frankfurt horizontal. [1955-60; MID- + SAGITTAL] * * *
/mid"sek'sheuhn/, n. 1. the middle section or part of anything. 2. the solar plexus; midriff: a hard right to the midsection. [1935-40; MID- + SECTION] * * *
/mid"ship'/, adj. in or belonging to the middle part of a ship. [1545-55; MID- + SHIP] * * *
/mid"ship'meuhn, mid ship"-/ n., pl. midshipmen. 1. a student, as at the U.S. Naval Academy, in training for commission as ensign in the Navy or second lieutenant in the Marine ...
/mid"ships'/, adv. amidships. [1620-30] * * *
mid·size or mid-size (mĭdʹsīz') adj. Of intermediate size. Used especially of motor vehicles, such as cars. * * *
/mid"sohl'/, n. a layer of material or cushioning between the outsole and the insole of a shoe. [MID- + SOLE2] * * *
midst1 /midst/, n. 1. the position of anything surrounded by other things or parts, or occurring in the middle of a period of time, course of action, etc. (usually prec. by the): ...
/mid"streem"/, n. 1. the middle of a stream. 2. the middle period of a process, course, or the like. [1275-1325; ME myddstreme. See MID-, STREAM] * * *
—midsummery, adj. /mid"sum"euhr, -sum'-/, n. 1. the middle of summer. 2. the summer solstice, around June 21. [bef. 900; ME, OE midsumer. See MID1, SUMMER1] * * *
Midsummer Day
Chiefly Brit. the saint's day of St. John the Baptist, celebrated on June 24, being one of the four quarter days in England. Also called St. John's Day. [bef. 1150; ME, OE] * * *
Midsummer Eve
Chiefly Brit. the evening preceding Midsummer Day: formerly believed to be a time when witches and other supernatural beings caused widespread mischief. Also called Midsummer ...
midsummer madness
a temporary lapse into foolishness, senseless behavior, folly, etc., esp. during the summer: His plan to become a beachcomber is midsummer madness. [1595-1605] * * *
Midsummer Night's Dream, A
a comedy (1595?) by Shakespeare. * * * ▪ work by Shakespeare  comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William), written about 1595–96 and published in ...
Midsummer Night’s Dream
a comedy play by William Shakespeare which takes place in a wood near Athens. The story involves three groups of characters in a mixture of magic and reality. Oberon, the king of ...
Midsummer's Eve
▪ holiday Swedish  Midsommar , Finnish  Juhannus , Danish  Sankt Hans Aften , Norwegian  Sankhansaften        holiday celebrating the longest day of the year in ...
Mid·sum·mer Day (mĭdʹsŭmʹər) n. 1. June 24, observed in Europe, Latin America, and Scandinavian communities in the United States in commemoration of the summer ...
Midsummer Eve n. 1. June 23, the day before Midsummer Day, celebrated in Europe, Latin America, and Scandinavian communities in the United States by merrymaking. 2. June 23, the ...
/mid"terrm'/, n. 1. the middle or halfway point of a term, as a school term or term of office. 2. Often, midterms. Informal. an examination or series of examinations at the ...
➡ exams * * *
/mid"town", -town'/, n. 1. the middle part of a city or town between uptown and downtown. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or situated in this part: a midtown restaurant. adv. 3. to or ...
/mid"vayl'/, n. a town in N Utah. 10,144. * * *
midwall column
/mid"wawl"/ a column or the like carrying a wall overhanging it on both sides. Also called midwall shaft. [MID- + WALL] * * *
/mid"woch'/, n. Naut. See middle watch. [1525-35; MID- + WATCH] * * *
adv., adj. /mid"way"/; n. /mid"way'/, adv., adj. 1. in the middle of the way or distance; halfway. n. 2. a place or part situated midway. 3. (often cap.) the place or way, as at ...
/mid"way'/, n. 1. several U.S. islets in the N Pacific, about 1300 mi. (2095 km) NW of Hawaii: Japanese defeated in a naval battle June, 1942; 2 sq. mi. (5 sq. km). 2. an airport ...
Midway Islands
Midway Islands coral atoll & two islets at the end of the Hawaiian chain: administered by the U.S. Navy: 2 sq mi (5.2 sq km) * * * Midway Islands Introduction Midway ...
Midway, Battle of
(June 3–6, 1942) Major World War II naval battle between the U.S. and Japan. Japanese naval forces under Yamamoto Isoroku sought to seize Midway Island by engaging the ...
Mid·way Islands (mĭdʹwā') Two small islands and a surrounding coral atoll in the central Pacific Ocean northwest of Honolulu. Discovered in 1859, they were annexed by the ...
n. /mid"week", -week'/; adj. /mid"week'/, n. 1. the middle of the week. 2. (cap.) (among the Quakers) Wednesday. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or occurring in the middle of the ...
/mid'week"lee/, adj. 1. midweek. adv. 2. in the middle of the week. [MIDWEEK + -LY] * * *
—Midwesterner, n. /mid"west"/, n. 1. See Middle West. adj. 2. Also, Midwestern. See MIDDLE WESTERN. [MID- + WEST] * * * or Middle West Region, northern and central U.S., ...
Midwest City
a city in central Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City. 49,559. * * * ▪ Oklahoma, United States       city, Oklahoma county, central Oklahoma, U.S., an eastern residential ...
Midwest City A city of central Oklahoma, a residential suburb of Oklahoma City. Population: 52,267. * * *
Midwestern [mid wes′tərn] adj. of, in, or characteristic of the Midwest; Middle Western Midwesterner n. * * * See Midwest. * * *
Midwestern Regionalism
▪ American literary movement       American literary movement of the late 19th century that centred on the realistic depiction of Middle Western small town and rural ...
See Midwestern. * * *
/mid"wuyf'/, n., pl. midwives /-wuyvz'/, v., midwifed or midwived, midwifing or wiving. n. 1. a person trained to assist women in childbirth. 2. a person or thing that produces ...
midwife toad
a European toad, Alytes obstetricans (family Discoglossidae), noted for its unusual breeding habits, in which mating occurs on land and the male broods the egg strings by ...
/mid wif"euh ree, -wif"ree, mid"wuy'feuh ree, -wuyf'ree/, n. the technique or practice of a midwife. [1475-85; see MIDWIFE, -ERY] * * * Art of attending women in childbirth. It ...
—midwintry, midwinterly, adj. n. /mid"win"teuhr, -win'-/; adj. /mid"win'teuhr/, n. 1. the middle of winter. 2. the winter solstice, around December 22. adj. 3. of, pertaining ...
/mid"year", -year'/ for 1; /mid"year'/ for 2, 3, n. 1. the middle of the year. 2. Often, midyears. Informal. an examination at the middle of a school year. adj. 3. of, pertaining ...
▪ prefecture, Japan  ken (prefecture), central Honshu, Japan, occupying part of the Kii Peninsula. It faces Ise Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The deeply ...
Mie scattering
/mee/, Optics. the scattering of light by particles that are large relative to the wavelength of the light. Cf. Rayleigh scattering. [named after Gustav Mie (1868-1957), German ...
mie·lie (mēʹlē) n. Variant of mealie. * * *
Mielke, Erich
▪ 2001       East German government minister (b. Dec. 28, 1907, Berlin, Ger.—d. May 22, 2000, Berlin), was the long-time head (1957–89) of the German Democratic ...
/meel zee"neuhr, mel-/, n. Jo /joh/, 1901-76, U.S. stage designer, born in France. * * *
Mielziner, Jo
▪ American stage designer born March 19, 1901, Paris, France died March 15, 1976, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American stage (stage design) designer who, in more than ...
/meen/, n. air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.: a man of noble mien. [1505-15; prob. aph. var. of obs. demean bearing, DEMEAN2; spelled with -ie- to ...
▪ Romania Hungarian  Csíkszereda,         town, capital of Harghita județ (county), Romania. The town lies along the Olt River in the Ciuc Depression. It was an ...
▪ Spain in full  Mieres del Camino        town, Asturias provincia (province) and comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), northwestern Spain. Mieres lies ...
Mierevelt, Michiel Janszoon van
▪ Dutch painter Mierevelt also spelled  Miereveld, or Mierveldt   born May 1, 1567, Delft, Neth. died June 27, 1641, Delft  Dutch portrait painter patronized by the ...
Mieris, Frans van, The Elder
▪ Dutch painter born April 16, 1635, Leiden, Neth. died March 12, 1681, Leiden       Dutch painter, son of Jan van Mieris and chief member of a family of Leiden ...
also spelled  Meerkat,         common name for certain carnivores of the civet family (Viverridae): the suricate (meerkat) (q.v.) and various mongoose (q.v.) species. * ...
Mies van der Rohe
/meez" van deuhr roh"euh, fahn, mees"/ Ludwig /lud"wig/, 1886-1969, U.S. architect, born in Germany. Also, Miës van der Rohe /mee"euhs van deuhr roh"euh, fahn, mees"/. * * *
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig
orig. Maria Ludwig Michael Mies born March 27, 1886, Aachen, Ger. died Aug. 17, 1969, Chicago, Ill., U.S. German-born U.S. architect and designer. Mies learned masonry from ...
Mies Van Der Rohe,Ludwig
Mies Van Der Ro·he (mēzʹ văn dər rōʹə, rōʹ, fän, mēsʹ), Ludwig. 1886-1969. German-born American architect considered a founder of the International Style. His ...
Miescher, Johann Friedrich
born Aug. 13, 1844, Basel, Switz. died Aug. 26, 1895, Davos Swiss biologist. In 1869 he discovered a substance containing both phosphorus and nitrogen in the nuclei of white ...
See Mies Van Der Rohe, Ludwig. * * *
Mieszko I
born с 930 died May 25, 992 Prince or duke of Poland (963?–992). He accepted Christianity from Rome (966) to avoid forced conversion by the Germans and the incorporation of ...
Mieszko II Lambert
▪ king of Poland born 990 died May 10, 1034       king of Poland from 1025 to 1034, grandson of Mieszko I. He was dominated by his wife, the German Ryxa (or Richeza), ...
Mieszko III
▪ Polish prince byname  Mieszko the Old , Polish  Mieszko Stary  born 1126/27 died March 13, 1202       prince of Great Poland from 1173 to 1177 and, during a ...
/mif'euh pris"tohn/, n. See RU 486. [1995; from the chemical name] * * * ▪ drug       synthetic steroid drug used under various trade names (e.g., RU-486, Mifegyne, ...
/mif/, n. 1. petulant displeasure; ill humor. 2. a petty quarrel. v.t. 3. to give minor offense to; offend. [1615-25; perh. imit. of exclamation of disgust; cf. G muffen to ...
/mift/, adj. put into an irritable mood, esp. by an offending incident: I was miffed when they didn't invite me to the party. [1815-25; MIFF + -ED2] * * *
See miffy. * * *
/mif"lin/, n. Thomas, 1744-1800, American politician and Revolutionary general: president of the Continental Congress 1783-84; governor of Pennsylvania 1790-99. * * * ▪ ...
/mif"ee/, adj., miffier, miffiest. Informal. touchy; inclined to take offense. [1690-1700; MIFF + -Y1] * * *
/mi fooh"nee/; Japn. /mee fooh"ne/, n. Toshiro /teuh shear"oh/; Japn. /taw shee"rddaw/, 1920-97, Japanese film actor, born in China. * * *
Mifune Toshirō
born April 1, 1920, Tsingtao, Shantung province, China died Dec. 24, 1997, Mitaka, near Tokyo, Japan Japanese film actor. After serving in the Japanese army in World War II, he ...
Mifune, Toshiro
▪ 1998       Japanese actor (b. April 1, 1920, Qingdao province, China—d. Dec. 24, 1997, near Tokyo, Japan), was the archetypal samurai sword-wielding warrior in a ...
/mig/, n. Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. 1. a playing marble, esp. one that is not used as a shooter. 2. migs, (used with a sing. v.) the game of ...
/mig/, n. any of several Russian-built fighter aircraft, as the MiG-15, a jet used in the Korean War. Also, Mig, MIG. [named after Artem Mi(koyan) and Mikhail G(urevich), Russian ...
/mig"euhl/, n. 1. a playing marble, esp. one that is not used as a shooter. 2. miggles, (used with a sing. v.) the game of marbles. [1890-95, Amer.; perh. MIG + (MARB)LE] * * *
might1 /muyt/, auxiliary v. 1. pt. of may1. 2. (used to express possibility): They might be at the station. 3. (used to express advisability): You might at least thank me. 4. ...
might-have-been (mītʹəv-bĭn') n. pl. might-have-beens (-bĭnz') An event that could have but never did occur: “This is one of the great might-have-beens of modern ...
/muyt"l ee/, adv. 1. in a mighty manner; powerfully or vigorously. 2. to a great extent or degree; very much: to desire something mightily. [bef. 900; ME; OE mihtiglice. See ...
See mighty. * * *
/muyt"nt/ contraction of might not. * * *
—mightiness, n. /muy"tee/, adj., mightier, mightiest, adv., n. adj. 1. having, characterized by, or showing superior power or strength: mighty rulers. 2. of great size; huge: a ...

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