Definition of mid-Atlantic in US English:



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

    ‘the mid-Atlantic fault line’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scientists have already claimed that Atlantis could be at the bottom of the mid-Atlantic Ocean or somewhere in the Aegean Sea.’
    1. 1.1 Having characteristics of both Britain and America, or designed to appeal to the people of both countries.
      ‘mid-Atlantic accents’
      • ‘Thus, I resolve to speak in the direct, mid-Atlantic mode that frequently serves its purpose at work.’
      • ‘One of the subplots involves her Irish ex-boyfriend, who has an accent that mixes Glasgow with Liverpool in a mid-Atlantic brew.’
      • ‘Despite my family, citizenship and wavering mid-Atlantic Madonna accent I cannot claim to understand the English.’
      • ‘It was as indiscernible and unimportant as my newly inflected mid-Atlantic accent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lucy was taught by studio linguists to speak in a mid-century, mid-Atlantic accent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think I'm hovering mid-Atlantic with my attitude to slickness.’
      • ‘It means rescuing Britain from mid-Atlantic ambiguity and locating it within the European value system of public welfare and social solidarity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one feels the need to adopt a mid-Atlantic drawl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Was this crucial mid-Atlantic tie worthy of a mention en route amid tales of kings and queens?’
      • ‘Now, Dave's accent is fully mid-Atlantic and his presence is imbued with that distinctively American larger-than-life glow.’
      • ‘He talks in a soft Glasgow accent that sometimes seems to be teetering on the brink of a mid-Atlantic twang.’
  • 2Relating to states on the middle Atlantic coast of the US, typically including New York, Pennsylvannia, New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This group have played extensively in the mid-Atlantic United States, travelling around Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Ohio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As hemlocks decline throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, forest composition and ecological components will change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some areas of the mid-Atlantic region could see ice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A beautiful white carpet of snow has been covering the mid-Atlantic region and I have been inspired.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From there, a 900-km non-stop flight south brings them to their wintering grounds in the U.S. mid-Atlantic states.’
    • ‘On 7 March 1962, what became known as the Ash Wednesday Storm struck the mid-Atlantic coast of the US.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’



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