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middling

[′mid·liŋ]
(mining engineering)
An ore product intermediate in mineral content between a concentrate and a tailing.
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Enterprise was the foundation of this experience for the businessmen (if you happened to be a merchant, manufacturer, or master artisan), honor and authority figured centrally if you were a learned professional, and, for the lowlier, but still middling, clerks, hope in the future was a touchstone of middle-class identity.
Uncertainty stalked the middling shopkeeper, manufacturer or trader; Hunt unearthed telling case studies to enliven broader generalizations of middle-class hopes and terrors.
From Loma Weatherhill's detailed quantitative probate work, in particular, we know that it was among the urban middling orders that the new consumer goods were most plentiful.
Hunt's examination of the limits and possibilities for the women of middle-class households is deft and pivotal to her interpretation of middling life.
As Smail shows, the differences between "the middling sort" and the "middle class" were substantial.
Although he would rise to fame and fortune, young Adams' family background was undeniably of "the middling sort.
The leading student of the antebellum middle class, Stuart Blumin, defines it along fairly arbitrary occupational lines, focusing on the line between the middling and lower sort, and arguing that what distinguished the two was nonmanual versus manual work.
While the middling sort in late eighteenth-century America had different occupations from the increasingly white collar middle class of the antebellum decades, they may have shared other attributes.
Stuart Blumin and other scholars have insisted that the most important social cleavage in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century America was between the elite and everyone else; that the middling and lower sort were lumped together in contemporary visions of the social order.
14) Taken together, the changes suggest that the older patriarchal conception of the social order was being challenged by a rise in the status of the middling sort (also of youth, and, to some degree, women, although these changes will not be discussed here).
Such texts were open to use by the middling sort in a way that was not possible before.