midst

1 [midst]
noun
1.
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.
2.
the middle point, part, or stage (usually preceded by the ): We arrived in the midst of a storm.
Idioms
3.
in our/your/their midst, in the midst of or among us (you, them): To think there was a spy in our midst!

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to middes (aphetic variant of amiddes amidst) + excrescent -t


1, 2. thick, core, heart. See middle.


1, 2. edge, periphery.
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midst

2 [midst]
preposition
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midst1 (mɪdst)
 
n
1.  in the midst of surrounded or enveloped by; at a point during, esp a climactic one
2.  in our midst among us
3.  archaic the centre
 
[C14: back formation from amiddesamid]

midst2 (mɪdst)
 
prep
poetic See amid

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midst
c.1400, from M.E. middes (mid-14c.), from O.E. mid + adv. gen. -s. The parasitic -t is perhaps on model of superlatives.
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Example sentences
We're now in the midst of an epic financial crisis, which ought to be at the
  center of the election debate.
The article focused on the expense of pursuing specialized accreditation in the
  midst of the current economic crisis.
With neither party keen to face voters in the midst of a recession, legislation
  now seems quite possible.
In the midst of sweltering heat waves, air conditioning can be a lifesaver,
  protecting against heat stroke and hyperthermia.
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