a (1): a substance regarded as the means of transmission of a force or effect (2): a surrounding or enveloping substance (3): the tenuous material (as gas and dust) in space that exists outside large agglomerations of matter (as stars) <interstellar medium>
bplural usually media(1): a channel or system of communication, information, or entertainment — compare mass medium(2): a publication or broadcast that carries advertising (3): a mode of artistic expression or communication (4): something (as a magnetic disk) on which information may be stored
dplural mediums: an individual held to be a channel of communication between the earthly world and a world of spirits
e: material or technical means of artistic expression
a: a condition or environment in which something may function or flourish
bplural media(1): a nutrient system for the artificial cultivation of cells or organisms and especially bacteria (2): a fluid or solid in which organic structures are placed (as for preservation or mounting)
c: a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
The singular media and its plural medias seem to have originated in the field of advertising over 70 years ago; they are still so used without stigma in that specialized field. In most other applications media is used as a plural of medium. The popularity of the word in references to the agencies of mass communication is leading to the formation of a mass noun, construed as a singular <there's no basis for it. You know, the news media gets on to something — Edwin Meese 3d><the media is less interested in the party's policies — James Lewis, Guardian Weekly>. This use is not as well established as the mass-noun use of data and is likely to incur criticism especially in writing.
Examples of MEDIUM
These shirts are all mediums and I take a large.
Make my French fries a medium.
Her preferred medium is sculpture.
The artist works in two media , pencil and watercolor.
: something that is in a middle position (as in size)
: the thing by which or through which something is done <Writing is a medium of communication.>
: the substance in which something lives or acts <the medium of air>
plural usually media: a form or system of communication, information, or entertainment
: a person through whom other persons try to communicate with the spirits of the dead
Definition of MEDIUM for Kids
: intermediate in amount, quality, position, or degree <medium size>
Medical Definition of MEDIUM
: a means of effecting or conveying something: as a: a substance regarded as the means of transmission of a force or effect b: a surrounding or enveloping substance
plural mediaa: a nutrient system for the artificial cultivation of cells or organisms and especially bacteria b: a fluid or solid in which organic structures are placed (as for preservation or mounting)