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[mid-point] /ˈmɪdˌpɔɪnt/
a point at or near the middle of, or equidistant from, both ends, as of a line:
the midpoint of a boundary.
a point in time halfway between the beginning and the end, as of a process, event, or situation:
the midpoint of the negotiations.
Geometry. the point on a line segment or an arc that is equidistant, when measured along the line or the arc, from both endpoints.
Statistics. median (def 3).
Astrology. the point on the arc that is equidistant from two planets: regarded as a sensitive point and used in horoscopic interpretations.
Also, mid-point.
Origin of midpoint
1325-75; Middle English. See mid-, point Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Use a protractor to draw the angled tops and the mitered midpoint of the folded and half-and-half roofs.
  • It helped them stay at the midpoint between the two brains.
  • If an instructor reports a student as withdrawn by the midpoint of the term, the student won't get the second half of the grant.
  • But it seems to me that the midpoint of the semester is a good time for self-evaluation as well.
  • By midpoint in the new millennium, the library had fallen completely.
  • He then connected the wings at midpoint with a central corridor.
  • Phase change materials work because they are designed to maintain the midpoint of a narrow temperature range.
  • It would be awkward to bring a newly-acquired player to trial, so look for them to agree around the midpoint.
  • We seriously doubt he would be victorious in a hearing, so the two sides will likely settle somewhere around the midpoint.
  • When heat reaches that wall, at the cigarette's midpoint, the compound crystallizes and snuffs out the fire.
British Dictionary definitions for midpoint


the point on a line that is at an equal distance from either end
a point in time halfway between the beginning and end of an event
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for midpoint

late 14c., from mid + point (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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