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media

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noun me·dia \ ˈmē-dē-ə \

Definition of media

plural mediae play \-dē-ˌē\
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[Late Latin, from Latin, feminine of medius; from the voiced stops' being regarded as intermediate between the tenues and the aspirates]
:a voiced (see voiced 2) stop (see 2stop 1b)
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[New Latin, from Latin]
:the middle coat of the wall of a blood or lymph (see lymph 2) vessel consisting chiefly of circular muscle fibers

First Known Use of media

1841


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media

noun, often attributive

Definition of media

plural medias
1 :a medium of cultivation, conveyance, or expression
  • Air is a media that conveys sound.
; especially :medium 2b
2 a singular or plural in construction :mass media
b medias plural :members of the mass media

Is media singular or plural?

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 LewisGuardian Weekly
This use is not as well established as the mass-noun use of data and is likely to incur criticism especially in writing.


Origin and Etymology of media

plural of medium

Other Broadcasting Terms


Media

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geographical name Me·dia \ ˈmē-dē-ə \

Definition of Media

ancient country and province of the Persian Empire in the northwestern part of modern Iran

Median

play \-dē-ən\ adjective or noun


MEDIA Defined for Kids

media

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noun me·dia \ ˈmē-dē-ə \

Definition of media for Students

:the system and organizations of communication through which information is spread to a large number of people Hint: Media can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

Medical Dictionary

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media

medical Definition of media


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media

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noun me·dia \ ˈmēd-ē-ə \

medical Definition of media

plural mediae play \-ē-ˌē\
:the middle coat of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel consisting chiefly of circular muscle fibers called also tunica media

media

medical Definition of media



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