In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(of object, place)masculine centromasculine mediofeminine mitadit stood in the middle of the room — estaba en el centro / en (el) medio / en la mitad de la habitación
- they were playing in the middle of the road — estaban jugando en (el) medio / en la mitad de la calle
- much of the play was confined to the middle of the field — el partido se concentró en el centro del campo
- the industries are concentrated in the middle of the country — las industrias se concentran en el centro del país
- we cut the cake down the middle — partimos el pastel por la mitad
- Rogers learns quickly and can play the strong side and the middle.
- It was a little shorter than knee length on the sides, and in the front, it got longer in a diagonal line, and the two sides overlapped in the middle.
- Use a roller to make sure it adheres well - roll from the middle out to the edges.
- Later, on a much larger timescale, they gradually start to explore the positions toward the middle of the DNA segment.
- He loses interest in the drawers and continues to walk in a crouch position toward the middle of the desk and the chair.
- You don't want to pick it up on the left or the right side but in the middle.
- Eva sat a chair away from either, in the middle on the side of the table.
- In the middle of the two sides of this are large domes built on pillars of the same height as those of the outer arcade and an upper gallery runs all round it.
- Twisting lace vines snaked up the middle on both sides of the pearl buttons.
- If the action is in the middle, both sides are cropped.
- About six years ago, I changed the part in my hair from the middle to the side.
- Well here I have a single bed, so, my favourite side is the middle.
- From there, start digging from the middle out or the edge in.
- The two large pipe corrals were situated side by side in the middle.
- This effectively levitated the stone to a floating position in the middle.
- A low table with cushions on either side occupied the middle of the room.
- Her blue slacks were creased neatly down the sides in the exact middle of the gold stripe that told everyone she was from Central.
- Drain the blister with a sterile needle by piercing the edge, not the middle.
- If two people are erecting the structure, each takes a side of the tipi cover and pulls it around the poles until the sides meet in the middle on the far side.
- His furnace was placed at the middle of a side wall, where waste heat could be sucked up a chimney to prevent the workshop from becoming too hot in summer.
2(of period, activity)in the middle of the week/month/year/century — a mediados de semana/mes/año/siglo
- it's the middle of winter — estamos en pleno invierno
- in the middle of the day the temperature can reach … — alrededor del medio día la temperatura suele alcanzar …
- in the middle of the night/concert — en la mitad de la noche/del concierto
- to be in the middle of sth/-ing
- I'm in the middle of cooking dinner — estoy preparando la cena
- I'm in the middle of a really exciting novel at the moment — en este momento estoy leyendo una novela muy interesante
- we were right in the middle of eating when the doorbell rang — sonó el timbre justo cuando estábamos comiendo
3(waist)cintura femininethe water came up to his middle — el agua le llegaba a la cintura
- He was tall and broad-chested, if a bit round at the middle, and dressed much better than these other two.
- A middle-aged man with a round middle came running out of the supposed home office.
- One was slightly large round the middle, the other wearing a very short skirt and denim jacket.
- But the other two, the one with the round middle and the one with sleek black hair, she had known all her life.
- He was a little big round the middle, and his beard had little grey speckles in it.
- She yelled, grabbing me around the waist and bucking me in the middle.
- Their Italian shoes are unscuffed and their ties are always straight and they never go bald or get paunchy around the middle.
- She was shorter than I was by a good ten inches, round about the middle, but with the firm energy that my father used to possess.
1the middle house of the three — de las tres, la casa de en medio / del medio
- middle finger — dedo medio / del corazón
- she was the middle child — ella era la (hija) de en medio / del medio
- we had reached the middle point of our journey — habíamos llegado a la mitad de nuestro recorrido
- in his middle years — en su madurez
- So Casey and Chris ran their tag-team critique past Eric, the middle brother, as they had in previous offseasons.
- Mikie was the middle brother of the five, and had been doted on by all because of his charm and good nature.
- He was always insulting either Tom or the middle brother, Timothy.
- The language in the court cases began to change during the middle two decades of the period.
- Each member of the team is credited with the time of the fifth team member to cross the finish line; this is the middle member of a nine-person team.
- Some in the union urged choosing a nurse who reflected average real nurses on the job - middle forties and overworked.
- Charles and Matthew, the two middle brothers who rarely left the manor, were taken back to their quarters by servants.
- Suzanne and her brother Matt were the middle children in the family and neither seemed to care much about doing things proper.
- Matt sat with one of his brothers in the middle seat, and the back seat was filled with Matt's two younger brothers.
- The trio is referred to as big brother, middle brother and small brother.
- The instructor of visual arts was in his middle forties, equipped with a sinewy body and a receding hairline.
- This sculpture belongs to the period in his middle 30s when his work was mainly Cubist.
- However, the WHO has not ruled out the possibility, because the middle brother cared for the elder sibling before he died.
- If it was that important to his middle brother, it was important to him, too.
- Denami, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed the first brother, vows revenge.
- My mother used to take me and my middle brother to bluebell woods, somewhere in Kent, just for a treat.
- Before his marriage, my middle brother converted to Judaism.
- So instead of being a film about a mouse trying to fit in with humans, we get a far more banal film about a middle brother's loneliness.
- In their middle years, the members of the Baby Boom generation will face the inevitability of their mortality.
- Milos Valnik turned out to be a bulky man in his middle forties, probably because he was dressed for winter.
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