Definition of midway in US English:


adverb & adjective

  • 1In or toward the middle of something.

    as adverb ‘Father Peter came to a halt midway down the street’
    as adjective ‘midway profits roared from $130 million to $160 million’
    • ‘It was midway through the run that she began to struggle.’
    • ‘Football, however, can be a cruel game to those who do not convert their advantages, and so it proved to Oxford's players midway through the first half.’
    • ‘Pappas pulled out midway through his event with a foot injury.’
    • ‘The Tralee Institute is midway through the implementation of a three-year E-Learning project plan.’
    • ‘Approximately midway through the half Waterloo began to break away, forcing the Thunderbirds to up their game.’
    • ‘The Russians scored the first goal of the game early in the second and only made it 2-0 midway through the middle frame.’
    • ‘We are midway through our third season as far as taping goes.’
    • ‘The same country that was prominent in the creation and signing of the Kyoto Protocol decided to switch sides midway through the debate.’
    • ‘Then in 1997, when she was midway through a psychology degree and seriously ill with gall stones, she was elected, and has not looked back.’
    • ‘After reaching a positive peak, each cycle then gradually declines, crossing its zero point midway through its period.’
    • ‘The health-conscious approach persists, with requests for a dentist on site from artists midway through hefty European tours.’
    • ‘The company expects to begin making cash midway through next year and to record a full-year profit in 2006.’
    • ‘The skiffle star died last week midway through a UK tour after collapsing at the home of friends in Peterborough, where the service took place yesterday.’
    • ‘If it had been possible, they would surely have headed for the exit door midway through the first half, by which time Celtic had extended their lead to three goals.’
    • ‘In many ways, he is typical of the squad built up by the manager since he took over at Boavista midway through the 1997-98 season.’
    • ‘Waterloo dominated the play throughout the game, lighting up the scoreboard with its first goal midway through the first half.’
    • ‘He became an instant hit with some crunching tackles and faultless reading of the game while his burst upfield midway through the half brought the fans to their feet.’
    • ‘However, for some internal corporate reasons, they made an about-face some time midway through the session.’
    • ‘Fenagh kept in touch when adding their fourth point but this was cancelled out when Conor Redmond sent over their seventh point midway through the half.’
    • ‘The striker's explosive dash past Bob Malcolm midway through the second half deserved better than the weak finish he contrived to produce.’
    halfway, in the middle, at the mid point, in the centre, equidistant
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    1. 1.1 Having some of the characteristics of one thing and some of another.
      as adjective ‘a midway path is chosen between the diverging aspirations of the two factions’
      as adverb ‘the leaves have a unique smell midway between eucalyptus and mint’
      • ‘This analysis indicated that R. alceifolius has a heteroblastic developmental pattern, midway between that of a bush and a liana.’
      • ‘In his English Folk Song, Cecil Sharp says that it ‘stands midway between the hymn and the ballad’.’
      • ‘It is midway between a field guide and an annotated account of birds and mammals of a non-biogeographical region.’
      • ‘‘The picturesque’ formed a category roughly midway between the sublime and the beautiful.’
      • ‘The latest generation is midway between a phone and a PDA, with a full keyboard and a GPRS connection.’
      • ‘A third finish is soft-sheen, which is midway between the two.’
      • ‘The expression on her face was midway between deep realization and relief.’
      • ‘As far as Roy's twitches, obsessions and tics go, the movie is midway between two models.’


North American
  • An area of sideshows, games of chance or skill, or other amusements at a fair or exhibition.

    ‘the kids head straight for the midway’
    • ‘In the end, Rick had won out, and fifteen minutes later, he dragged Dana down the midway of the carnival by her hand.’
    • ‘She wants to go on the rides and see the midway with all the games.’
    • ‘Before you head out to one, cast your own memory back to a cookout, a commencement, a walk down a carnival midway in your past.’
    • ‘As any race fan knows, the midways with the merchandise trailers are a major part of the racing experience.’
    • ‘It may be too cold to have a Priestess Dunking Booth, but a trip through the midway of your local county fair should give you some ideas.’
    • ‘The bear in Trace's arms was bigger than his upper body, and it kept knocking into people as we walked down the midway.’
    • ‘Marion grew up in the carnival midway where smoking was expected.’
    • ‘Noises and things they see may become distorted - like a fun house on the midway at the state fair.’
    • ‘While making a hasty exit, Mike and Debbie come face to face with some of the scariest clowns ever to set down this side of the midway!’
    • ‘The show floor is like a carnival midway, only carpeted and slightly less aromatic.’
    • ‘Langdon claimed in a recent article in Cult Movies magazine that the Iceman was to be used for appearances ‘on carnival midways.’’
    • ‘Crowds of humans, sapient animals, and monsters of every description mingled more-or-less happily along the broad midways.’
    • ‘Like barkers on a carnival midway, it's not that I don't trust their sincerity and promises.’
    • ‘It may be a dubious analogy, but just say that reading a novel is something like going on a ride at the midway.’