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 preceded by the):
a familiar face in the midst of the crowd; in the midst of the performance.
the middle point, part, or stage (usually preceded by the):
We arrived in the midst of a storm.
in our / your / their midst, in the midst of or among us (you, them):
To think there was a spy in our midst!
in the midst of, surrounded or enveloped by; at a point during, esp a climactic one
in our midst, among us
(archaic) the centre
(poetic) See amid
c.1400, from Middle English middes (mid-14c.), from mid + adverbial genitive -s. The parasitic -t is perhaps on model of superlatives (cf. against).
[mid-streem] /ˈmɪdˈstrim/ noun 1. the middle of a stream. 2. the middle period of a process, course, or the like. /ˈmɪdˌstriːm/ noun 1. the middle of a stream or river 2. the middle of a process or action: they tried to change the rules in midstream adverb, adjective 3. in or towards the middle of […]
[mid-suhm-er, -suhm-] /ˈmɪdˈsʌm ər, -ˌsʌm-/ noun 1. the middle of summer. 2. the summer solstice, around June 21. /ˈmɪdˈsʌmə/ noun 1. 2. another name for summer solstice n. Old English midsumor, from mid + sumor “summer” (see summer (n.1)). Midsummer Day, as an English quarter-day, was June 24. Astronomically June 21, but traditionally reckoned in […]
noun, Chiefly British. 1. the evening preceding Midsummer Day: formerly believed to be a time when witches and other supernatural beings caused widespread mischief.
noun, Chiefly British. 1. the saint’s day of St. John the Baptist, celebrated on June 24, being one of the four quarter days in England.