Definition of mid-Atlantic in US English:

mid-Atlantic

adjective

  • 1Situated or occurring in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

    ‘the mid-Atlantic fault line’
    • ‘Scientists have already claimed that Atlantis could be at the bottom of the mid-Atlantic Ocean or somewhere in the Aegean Sea.’
    • ‘The more immediate bad news is that tropical storm Jeanne is next in line coming across the mid-Atlantic Ocean.’
    • ‘The last part of the show dealt with other potential locations for Atlantis, such as the Azores, the mid-Atlantic Ocean, and the island of Theta.’
    • ‘Residents in Bermuda battened down and cruise ships scrambled out to sea yesterday as powerful Hurricane Fabian headed toward the mid-Atlantic island with 120 mph winds.’
    • ‘Three years ago, scientists at Los Alamos predicted an asteroid three miles across that strikes the mid-Atlantic Ocean would produce a tidal wave that would cover the East Coast of the United States to the Appalachian Mountains.’
    1. 1.1 Having characteristics of both Britain and America, or designed to appeal to the people of both countries.
      ‘mid-Atlantic accents’
      • ‘Now, Dave's accent is fully mid-Atlantic and his presence is imbued with that distinctively American larger-than-life glow.’
      • ‘The Indian middle classes are fast being Americanised, with the mid-Atlantic masala twang and the mobile telephone washing through the ranks of the rupee zillionaires on a tidal wave.’
      • ‘If the pound's mid-Atlantic pattern continues - being buffeted by waves from Europe and North America but not moving much - there will be little to worry about.’
      • ‘It means rescuing Britain from mid-Atlantic ambiguity and locating it within the European value system of public welfare and social solidarity.’
      • ‘No one feels the need to adopt a mid-Atlantic drawl.’
      • ‘He lives in San Francisco, works at the Dreamworks animation studio in Redwood City, has an American wife, and sports a curious mid-Atlantic accent that if anything sounds more Swedish than American or Yorkshire.’
      • ‘I think I'm hovering mid-Atlantic with my attitude to slickness.’
      • ‘Thus, I resolve to speak in the direct, mid-Atlantic mode that frequently serves its purpose at work.’
      • ‘At times, he seems aloof and distant from them, and his accent is full of mid-Atlantic Euro-twang, not unlike some sort of cheesy disc jockey.’
      • ‘And maybe it is likewise indicative of its standing in this respect that the paper has increasingly forsworn close attention to purely British matters and evolved a character that seems less British than mid-Atlantic.’
      • ‘It was as indiscernible and unimportant as my newly inflected mid-Atlantic accent.’
      • ‘One of the subplots involves her Irish ex-boyfriend, who has an accent that mixes Glasgow with Liverpool in a mid-Atlantic brew.’
      • ‘He talks in a soft Glasgow accent that sometimes seems to be teetering on the brink of a mid-Atlantic twang.’
      • ‘Lucy was taught by studio linguists to speak in a mid-century, mid-Atlantic accent.’
      • ‘Was this crucial mid-Atlantic tie worthy of a mention en route amid tales of kings and queens?’
      • ‘Despite my family, citizenship and wavering mid-Atlantic Madonna accent I cannot claim to understand the English.’
  • 2Relating to states on the middle Atlantic coast of the US, typically including New York, Pennsylvannia, New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland.

    • ‘It is thought that our natural salt spray acts as an anti-fungal agent for these popular bushes that grow along the mid-Atlantic coast.’
    • ‘On 7 March 1962, what became known as the Ash Wednesday Storm struck the mid-Atlantic coast of the US.’
    • ‘As hemlocks decline throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, forest composition and ecological components will change.’
    • ‘Geologically, Cape May isn't much different from the rest of the mid-Atlantic coast - barrier beach backed up by shallow bay and extensive salt marsh.’
    • ‘Consider the impact these wastes are having on a body of water that was once among the world's richest estuaries - the Chesapeake Bay in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.’
    • ‘From there, a 900-km non-stop flight south brings them to their wintering grounds in the U.S. mid-Atlantic states.’
    • ‘Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, as anyone who grew up on the mid-Atlantic seaboard can tell you, are chocolate-robed rectangles of crushed peanuts suspended in syrup.’
    • ‘The mid-Atlantic coast, including the Chesapeake Bay region, has been shown to have a very high susceptibility to changes brought about by future sea-level rise.’
    • ‘A beautiful white carpet of snow has been covering the mid-Atlantic region and I have been inspired.’
    • ‘This population migrates from the Arctic to staging areas in southern Québec and wintering grounds along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (New Jersey to North Carolina).’
    • ‘Some areas of the mid-Atlantic region could see ice.’
    • ‘In the United States, Lyme disease is mostly localized to states in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and upper north-central regions and to several counties in northwestern California.’
    • ‘Well, the storm formerly known as Jeanne is still dumping rain on the mid-Atlantic seaboard and still being cursed from West Virginia to West Palm Beach.’
    • ‘This group have played extensively in the mid-Atlantic United States, travelling around Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Ohio.’
    • ‘The clouds from each experiment may be visible, for up to 20 minutes, by residents in the mid-Atlantic region, the lower northeastern United States and South Carolina.’
    • ‘Over 80% of reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States occur in coastal regions of northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.’
    • ‘Renowned artist Gary Simmons has selected a dynamic range of contemporary works by artists in the mid-Atlantic area who examine the theme of vantage point.’
    • ‘This type of yucca, which is more prevalent on the southern coast of the United States than our mid-Atlantic region, produces beautiful white flowers in June.’
    • ‘It found that factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region reached a five-year high in August, indicating that the US manufacturing sector could be on its way to recovery.’
    • ‘Living near the edge of the camp grounds with his wife and children in the Winnebago he'd driven from some unheard-of mid-Atlantic town, he was to be seen only on the court where his mastery was absolute.’

Pronunciation

mid-Atlantic

/mɪd ətˈlæn(t)ɪk//mid ətˈlan(t)ik/