midst (mĭdst, mĭtst)
1. The middle position or part; the center: in the midst of the desert.
2. A position of proximity to others: a stranger in our midst.
3. The condition of being surrounded or beset by something: in the midst of all of our problems.
4. A period of time approximately in the middle of a continuing condition or act: in the midst of the war.
[Middle English middes, middest : alteration of Old English midde, middle; see medhyo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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