[mid-rif] /ˈmɪd rɪf/
the middle part of the body, between the chest and the waist.
the part of a dress or bodice, usually close-fitting, that covers this part of the body.
a garment that exposes this part of the body.
noting or pertaining to the middle part of the human body, the part of a garment that covers it, or a garment that exposes it.
(anatomy) another name for the diaphragm (sense 1)
the part of a woman’s garment covering the midriff
(US) a woman’s garment which exposes the midriff
Old English midhrif, from mid “mid” (see mid) + hrif “belly,” from Proto-Germanic *hrefiz- (cf. Old High German href, Old Frisian hrif “belly”), from PIE *kwrep- “body, form, appearance” (see corporeal). More or less obsolete after 18c. except in phrase to tickle (one’s) midriff “to cause laughter,” the word revived 1941 in fashion usage for “portion of a woman’s garment that covers the belly,” as a euphemistic avoidance of belly; sense inverted and extended 1970 to a belly-baring style of women’s top.
midriff mid·riff (mĭd’rĭf)
[mid-rahyz] /ˈmɪdˌraɪz/ adjective 1. (of a building) having a moderately large number of stories, usually five to ten, and equipped with elevators. noun 2. a mid-rise apartment or office building.
[mid-saj-i-tl] /mɪdˈsædʒ ɪ tl/ noun, Craniometry. 1. a plane passing through the nasion when the skull is oriented in the Frankfurt horizontal. midsagittal plane mid·sag·it·tal plane (mĭd-sāj’ĭ-tl) n. See median plane.
[mid-sek-shuh n] /ˈmɪdˌsɛk ʃən/ noun 1. the middle or part of anything. 2. the solar plexus; midriff: a hard right to the midsection. /ˈmɪdˌsɛkʃən/ noun 1. the middle of something 2. the middle region of the human body; midriff midsection mid·sec·tion (mĭd’sěk’shən) n. A middle section, especially the midriff of the body.
[mid-seg-muh nt] /ˈmɪdˌsɛg mənt/ Geometry noun 1. a line joining the midpoints of two sides of a triangle.