middle-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: place

Commentary: The center part of something, which can be expressed as a physical location. An area that is (usually) approximately the center of some larger region.

Try to aim for the middle when you're playing darts.
I tossed my ball into the middle cup.
He found himself standing in the middle of the street.
Without fear, Samson dashed into the middle of the battle.
How can we find a bathroom when we're lost in the middle of the desert?

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: time

Commentary: MIDDLE[+event] A period that occurs during some larger span of time. A time between the beginning and the end of some temporal period.

In the middle of the performance, John suddenly stood up to use the bathroom.
It's odd to see snow in the middle of June.
The middle of the movie was a little boring.
There weren't any shows in 1943, since it was the middle of World War II.
I usually get tired in the middle of the day.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 3: neither place nor time

Commentary: Some abstract section in the middle of something. Cannot be clearly classified as an event or a physical entity.

A whole is something that has a beginning, a middle, and an end. --Aristotle
I know how hard it is to be the middle child.
When I was in middle school, I played flag football and led the league in interceptions.
The middle number in any set of numbers is called the median.
Teaching Chaucer implies teaching Middle English as well.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: part of body

Commentary: The midriff; the middle part of the human body, usually in the front.

John punched me in the middle when I insulted his mother.
Girls like to expose their middles by wearing tiny t-shirts.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3