Simple Definition of median

mathematics : the middle value in a series of values arranged from smallest to largest
Full Definition of median
1 : a medial part (as a vein or nerve)
2 a : a value in an ordered set of values below and above which there is an equal number of values or which is the arithmetic mean of the two middle values if there is no one middle number b : a vertical line that divides the histogram of a frequency distribution into two parts of equal area c : a value of a random variable for which all greater values make the cumulative distribution function greater than one half and all lesser values make it less than one half
3 a : a line from a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side b : a line joining the midpoints of the nonparallel sides of a trapezoid
4 : median strip
Origin of median
Middle English mediane, from Late Latin mediana (vena) median (vein), from feminine of Latin medianus in the middle, central, from medius middle — more at mid
First Known Use: 15th century
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Simple Definition of median

: in the middle; especially mathematics : having a value that is in the middle of a series of values arranged from smallest to largest
Full Definition of median
1 : being in the middle or in an intermediate position : medial
2 : lying in the plane dividing a bilateral animal into right and left halves
3 : relating to or constituting a statistical median
4 : produced without occlusion along the lengthwise middle line of the tongue
Examples of median in a sentence
What is the median price of homes in this area?
<the median price of a home in the area>
Origin of median
Latin medianus
First Known Use: 1592
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Definition of median for Students
: a value in a series arranged from smallest to largest below and above which there are an equal number of values or which is the average of the two middle values if there is no one middle value <The median of the set 1, 3, 7, 12, 19 is 7.>
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