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[mid-streem] /ˈmɪdˈstrim/
the middle of a stream.
the middle period of a process, course, or the like.
Origin of midstream
1275-1325; Middle English myddstreme. See mid-, stream Unabridged
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  • They had not the slightest fear when a raft buckled or broke away from the rest and was swept by swift current to midstream.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • Did she care enough to break through all barriers, fling herself into midstream?

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • If they brought out tomahawks in midstream, I would be as brave as a pioneer's daughter should be.

    Ten American Girls From History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • The jam began between two ledges in midstream, where no one could get near it.

    The Backwoodsmen Charles G. D. Roberts
  • When he came within sight of the river the cattle were emerging from it upon a sandy bar that formed an island in midstream.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • Before the christening we moved from the quay into midstream.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • This dam was begun against a huge boulder near midstream, and built outward simultaneously toward both shores.

    In Beaver World Enos Abijah Mills
British Dictionary definitions for midstream


the middle of a stream or river
the middle of a process or action: they tried to change the rules in midstream
adverb, adjective
in or towards the middle of a stream or river: moored midstream
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for midstream

also mid-stream, Old English midstream; see mid + stream (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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