in the middle of; surrounded by; among: to stand weeping amid the ruins.
during; in or throughout the course of.
Also, amidst.

before 1000; Middle English amidde, Old English amiddan, for on middan in (the) middle. See a-1, mid1

amid, among, between (see synonym study at among)(see usage note at between).

1. See among. Unabridged


variant of amido- before a vowel: amidase.

1870–75 Unabridged
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amid or amidst (əˈmɪd)
in the middle of; among
[Old English on middan in the middle; see mid1]
amidst or amidst
[Old English on middan in the middle; see mid1]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from amidde (c.1200), from O.E. on middan "in the middle," from dative singular of midde "mid, middle" (see 'midde); the phrase evidently was felt as "in (the) middle" and thus followed by a gen. case, as we would follow it today with of. (See amidst for
further evolution along this line). The same applies to equivalents in Latin (in medio) and Greek (en meso), both originally adjective phrases which evolved to take the genitive case. But in later O.E. on middan also was treated as a prep. and followed by dative. Used in compounds from early 13c. (e.g. amidships, attested from 1690s and retaining the genitive, as the compounds usually did in early M.E., suggesting this one is considerably older than the written record of it.)
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Example sentences
Alley stepped out on the stage amid the cheers of the audience, bowed and
  talked about his experience.
Even amid the epic wreckage of the neighborhood — a barge crashing .
They snapped Polaroids of me amid the chaos of my office.
There was some sweetness amid the stinging.
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