midst

  • 1 Midst — Midst, n. [From middest, in the middest, for older in middes, where s is adverbial (orig. forming a genitive), or still older a midde, a midden, on midden. See {Mid}, and cf. {Amidst}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The interior or central part or place; the …

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  • 2 midst — [ mıdst ] noun uncount * in the midst of something FORMAL 1. ) while something else is happening: Nixon went to China in the midst of a crisis at home. 2. ) if you are in the midst of something, you are doing it or it is affecting you: Our… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 3 midst — [midst, mitst] n. [ME middest, prob. merging of middes, gen. of mid (with unhistoric t) + middest, superl. of mid,MID1] the middle or central part: now mainly in phrases as below prep. Old Poet. in the midst of; amidst; amid SYN. MIDDLE in our… …

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  • 4 midst — is now most commonly used in the phrases in the midst of or in our (etc.) midst, meaning ‘among, in the middle of’. Typical contexts are both physical and abstract: • There was…something sinister about this place, unhusbanded and yieldless in the …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 Midst — Midst, prep. In the midst of; amidst. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 midst — archaic or literary ► PREPOSITION ▪ in the middle of. ► NOUN ▪ the middle point or part. ● in our (or your, their, etc.) midst Cf. ↑in your/their midst …

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  • 7 Midst — Midst, adv. In the middle. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 midst — index center (central position) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 9 midst — (n.) c.1400, from M.E. middes (mid 14c.), from MID (Cf. mid) + adverbial genitive s. The parasitic t is perhaps on model of superlatives (Cf. AGAINST (Cf. against)) …

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  • 10 midst — middle, *center, core, hub, focus, nucleus, heart …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 midst — [n] middle, core betwixt and between*, bosom, center, deep, depths, halfway, heart, hub, interior, mean, medium, midpoint, nucleus, thick; concept 830 Ant. exterior, exteriority, outside …

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  • 12 midst — [[t]mɪ̱dst[/t]] 1) PHR PREP: usu v link PREP ing/n If you are in the midst of doing something, you are doing it at the moment. Congress is in the midst of rewriting the nation s banking laws... We are in the midst of one of the worst recessions… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 midst — 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): a familiar face in the midst of the crowd; in the midst of the… …

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  • 14 midst — midst1 [mıdst] n [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: mids middle (13 19 centuries), from Old English midde ( MID )] 1.) in the midst of sth a) if you are in the midst of an event or situation, it is happening around you ▪ The government is in the midst of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 midst — noun Etymology: Middle English middest, alteration of middes, short for amiddes amid Date: 15th century 1. the interior or central part or point ; middle < in the midst of the forest > 2. a position of proximity to the members of a group < a… …

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  • 16 midst — 1 noun 1 in the midst of a) in the middle of a period, situation, or event: in the midst of the Cold War b) in the middle of a place or a group of things 2 in our/their midst formal in a particular group: We have a traitor in our midst. 2… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 midst */ — UK [mɪdst] / US noun [uncountable] in our/their/your midst formal if someone is in your midst, they are with you as part of your group Nobody recognized the stranger in their midst. in the midst of something …

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  • 18 midst — I [[t]mɪdst[/t]] n. 1) the position of anything surrounded by or among other things or parts (usu. prec. by the): in the midst of the crowd[/ex] 2) the position of something occurring in the middle of or during a period of time, course of action …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 midst — I. /mɪdst / (say midst) noun 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. 2. the middle point, part, or stage. –phrase 3. in our (your, their) midst, in… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 midst — noun, literary in the midst of the confusion, one strong and sturdy voice broke through and was heard in our midst Syn: middle, center, heart, core, midpoint, kernel, nub; depth(s), thick; (in the midst of) in the course of, halfway through …

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