- noun the thick central part of the bat; the meatCitation ‘The dreaded “edge”is a massive 40 per cent of the blade’s 580 sq cm … but you want to use only the “middle”, about 120 sq cm’ (Dr Richie Meyer, WCM March 1994)Citation ‘It came off the middle-of-the-middle, with the batsman’s body perfectly positioned for the pull, and it was struck in an imperious Caribbean style’ (Purandare 2005)
- noun the middle stump of the batsman’s wicket
- verb to hit the ball cleanly with the middle of the bat
Origin & History of “middle”
Middle traces its ancestry back to Indo-European *medhjo-, which also produced Latin medius ‘middle’ (source of English mediate, medium, etc) and Greek mésos ‘middle’ (source of the English prefix meso-). Its prehistoric Germanic descendant was *mithja-, which has given English the adjective mid (OE) and the derived noun midst (14th c.). from *mithja- was formed in west Germanic the adjective *middila, which has given modern German mittel, Dutch middel, and English middle.