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1medium

noun me·di·um \ˈmē-dē-əm\

: something that is sold in a medium size : something that is the middle size when compared with things that are larger and smaller

: a particular form or system of communication (such as newspapers, radio, or television)

: the materials or methods used by an artist

plural mediums or me·dia \-dē-ə\

Full Definition of MEDIUM

1
a :  something in a middle position
b :  a middle condition or degree :  mean
2
:  a means of effecting or conveying something: as
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>
b plural 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
c :  go-between, intermediary
d plural 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
3
a :  a condition or environment in which something may function or flourish
b plural 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

Usage Discussion of MEDIUM

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

  1. These shirts are all mediums and I take a large.
  2. Make my French fries a medium.
  3. Her preferred medium is sculpture.
  4. The artist works in two media , pencil and watercolor.

Origin of MEDIUM

Latin, from neuter of medius middle — more at mid
First Known Use: 1589

Other Paints and Dyes Terms

bloom, craze, size, vehicle

Rhymes with MEDIUM

2medium

adjective

: in the middle of a range of possible sizes, amounts, etc.

of meat : cooked to a point that is between rare and well-done

Full Definition of MEDIUM

:  intermediate in quantity, quality, position, size, or degree

Examples of MEDIUM

  1. These T-shirts are available in three sizes: small, medium, and large.
  2. a person of medium build
  3. How would you like your steak, sir: rare, medium, or well-done?

First Known Use of MEDIUM

1711
MEDIUM Defined for Kids

1medium

noun me·di·um \ˈmē-dē-əm\
plural me·di·ums or me·dia \-dē-ə\

Definition of MEDIUM for Kids

1
:  something that is in a middle position (as in size)
2
:  the thing by which or through which something is done <Writing is a medium of communication.>
3
:  the substance in which something lives or acts <the medium of air>
4
plural usually media :  a form or system of communication, information, or entertainment
5
:  a person through whom other persons try to communicate with the spirits of the dead

2medium

adjective

Definition of MEDIUM for Kids

:  intermediate in amount, quality, position, or degree <medium size>
Medical Dictionary

medium

noun me·di·um \ˈmēd-ē-əm\
plural mediums or me·dia \-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of MEDIUM

1
:  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
2
plural media a :  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)
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