- 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.
- the middle point, part, or stage (usually preceded by the): We arrived in the midst of a storm.
- in our/your/their midst, in the midst of or among us (you, them): To think there was a spy in our midst!
- in the midst of surrounded or enveloped by; at a point during, esp a climactic one
- in our midst among us
- archaic the centre
- poetic See amid
n.c.1400, from Middle English middes (mid-14c.), from mid + adverbial genitive -s. The parasitic -t is perhaps on model of superlatives (cf. against).