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noun middle pronunciation in British English /ˈmɪd(ə)l/
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  1. 1

    the middle

    the part of something that is furthest from the sides, edges, or ends
    middle ofin the middle (of something): There was a large cat sitting in the middle of the road.
    into the middle (of something): Katy threw the stone into the middle of the pond.
    down/through the middle: a sheet with a blue stripe down the middle
    in the middle: The cake was still frozen in the middle.
    right/(slap) bang/smack in the middle of something (=exactly in the middle of something): They’ve put a horrible statue smack in the middle of the courtyard.
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      the middle

      the part that is between the beginning and the end of a period of time or an event
      middle of: the middle of the 15th century
      in the middle of something: Why are you creeping about in the middle of the night?
      He fell asleep in the middle of the film.
  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] your waist and the part of your body around your waist
    Ben was holding a towel around his middle.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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