(Mid"den crow") (Zoöl.) The common European crow. [Prov. Eng.]
(Mid"dest) a.; superl. of Mid. [See Midst.] Situated most nearly in the middle; middlemost; midmost.
[Obs.] " 'Mongst the middest crowd." Spenser.
(Mid"dest), n. Midst; middle. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Mid"ding) n. Same as Midden.
(Mid"dle) a. [OE. middel, AS. middel; akin to D. middel, OHG. muttil, G. mittel. &radic271.
See Mid, a.]
1. Equally distant from the extreme either of a number of things or of one thing; mean; medial; as, the
middle house in a row; a middle rank or station in life; flowers of middle summer; men of middle age.
2. Intermediate; intervening.
Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends.Sir J. Davies.
Middle is sometimes used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, middle-sized, middle-
Middle Ages, the period of time intervening between the decline of the Roman Empire and the revival
of letters. Hallam regards it as beginning with the sixth and ending with the fifteenth century. Middle
class, in England, people who have an intermediate position between the aristocracy and the artisan
class. It includes professional men, bankers, merchants, and small landed proprietors
The middle-class electorate of Great Britain.M. Arnold.
Middle distance. (Paint.) See Middle-ground. Middle English. See English, n., 2. Middle
Kingdom, China. Middle oil (Chem.), that part of the distillate obtained from coal tar which passes
over between 170° and 230° Centigrade; distinguished from the light, and the heavy or dead, oil.
Middle passage, in the slave trade, that part of the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the West
Indies. Middle post. (Arch.) Same as King-post. Middle States, New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, and Delaware; which, at the time of the formation of the Union, occupied a middle position
between the Eastern States (or New England) and the Southern States. [U.S.] Middle term (Logic),
that term of a syllogism with which the two extremes are separately compared, and by means of which
they are brought together in the conclusion. Brande. Middle tint (Paint.), a subdued or neutral
tint. Fairholt. Middle voice. (Gram.) See under Voice. Middle watch, the period from midnight
to four A. M.; also, the men on watch during that time. Ham. Nav. Encyc. Middle weight, a pugilist,
boxer, or wrestler classed as of medium weight, i. e., over 140 and not over 160 lbs., in distinction from
those classed as light weights, heavy weights, etc.
(Mid"dle) n. [AS. middel. See Middle, a.] The point or part equally distant from the extremities
or exterior limits, as of a line, a surface, or a solid; an intervening point or part in space, time, or order of
series; the midst; central portion; specif., the waist. Chaucer. "The middle of the land." Judg. ix. 37.
In this, as in most questions of state, there is a middle.Burke.
Syn. See Midst.
(Mid"dle-age`) [Middle + age. Cf. Mediæval.] Of or pertaining to the Middle Ages; mediæval.
(Mid"dle-aged`) a. Being about the middle of the ordinary age of man; between 30 and 50
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