Midnight to Miliaria
(Mid"night`) n. [AS. midniht.] The middle of the night; twelve o'clock at night.
The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve.Shak.
(Mid"night`), a. Being in, or characteristic of, the middle of the night; as, midnight studies;
midnight gloom. "Midnight shout and revelry." Milton.
(||Mid*rash") n.; pl. Midrashim Midrashoth [Heb., explanation.] A talmudic exposition of the
Hebrew law, or of some part of it.
(Mid"rib`) n. (Bot.) A continuation of the petiole, extending from the base to the apex of the
lamina of a leaf.
(Mid"riff) n. [AS. midhrif; midd mid, middle + hrif bowels, womb; akin to OFries. midref midriff,
rif, ref, belly, OHG. href body, and to L. corpus body. See Corpse.] (Anat.) See Diaphragm, n., 2.
Smote him into the midriff with a stone.Milton.
The Mid-sea, the Mediterranean Sea. [Obs.]
(Mid" sea", or Mid"-sea") . The middle part of the sea or ocean. Milton.
Midship beam (Naut.), the beam or timber upon which the broadest part of a vessel is formed.
Midship bend, the broadest frame in a vessel. Weale.
(Mid"ship`), a. Of or pertaining to, or being in, the middle of a ship.
(Mid"ship`man) n.; pl. Midshipmen
1. (a) Formerly, a kind of naval cadet, in a ship of war, whose business was to carry orders, messages,
reports, etc., between the officers of the quarter-deck and those of the forecastle, and render other services
as required. (b) In the English naval service, the second rank attained by a combatant officer after
a term of service as naval cadet. Having served three and a half years in this rank, and passed an
examination, he is eligible to promotion to the rank of lieutenant. (c) In the United States navy, the
lowest grade of officers in line of promotion, being graduates of the Naval Academy awaiting promotion
to the rank of ensign.
2. (Zoöl.) An American marine fish of the genus Porichthys, allied to the toadfish.
Cadet midshipman, formerly a title distinguishing a cadet line officer from a cadet engineer at the
U. S. Naval Academy. See under Cadet. Cadet midshipman, formerly, a naval cadet who had
served his time, passed his examinations, and was awaiting promotion; now called, in the United States,
midshipman; in England, sublieutenant.
(Mid"ships`), adv. [For amidships.] (Naut.) In the middle of a ship; properly amidships.
(Mid"ships`), n. pl. (Naut.) The timbers at the broadest part of the vessel. R. H. Dana, Jr.
(Midst) n. [From middest, in the middest, for older in middes, where -s is adverbial or still older
a midde, a midden, on midden. See Mid, and cf. Amidst.]