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noun me·di·um \ˈmē-dē-əm\

Definition of medium

plural

mediums

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media

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  1. 1a :  something in a middle position These shirts are all mediums.b :  a middle condition or degree :  mean Look for a happy medium.

  2. 2 :  a means of effecting or conveying something: such asa (1) :  a substance regarded as the means of transmission (see transmission 1) of a force or effect air is the medium that conveys sound (2) :  a surrounding or enveloping substance (3) :  the tenuous material (such as gas and dust) in space that exists outside large agglomerations (see agglomeration 2) of matter (such as stars) interstellar mediumb 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 as his literary medium he has chosen a biographical form — Ernest Newman (4) :  something (such as a magnetic disk) on which information may be storedc media plural :  digital audio or video files available for playback or streaming … the free video broadcasts can be downloaded to portable media players from a number of popular pod[cast] and vodcast Web sites. — Steve Miller Apple's current keyboards can use the function keys … for alternate functions such as controlling volume, screen brightness, media playback … — Dan Frakesd :  go-between, intermediary the medium of introduction was no doubt … the publisher — Richard Garnettd plural mediums :  an individual held to be a channel of communication between the earthly world and a world of spiritse :  material or technical means of artistic expression (such as paint and canvas, sculptural stone, or literary or musical form)

  3. 3a :  a condition or environment in which something may function or flourish Ocean fish live in a medium of salt water.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 (see 1organic 3) structures are placed (as for preservation or mounting)c :  a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter

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 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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of medium

Latin, from neuter of medius middle — more at mid

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medium

adjective me·di·um

Definition of medium

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

Examples of medium in a Sentence

  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?

Origin and Etymology of medium

see 1medium



MEDIUM Defined for English Language Learners

medium

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Definition of medium for English Language Learners

  • : 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

medium

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Definition of medium for English Language Learners

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

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


MEDIUM Defined for Kids

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medium

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noun me·di·um \ˈmē-dē-əm\

Definition of medium for Students

plural

mediums

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media

\-dē-ə\
  1. 1 :  something that is in a middle position (as in size)

  2. 2 :  the thing by which or through which something is done Writing is a medium of communication.

  3. 3 :  the substance in which something lives or acts the medium of air

  4. 4 plural usually media :  a form or system of communication, information, or entertainment

  5. 5 :  a person through whom other persons try to communicate with the spirits of the dead


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medium

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adjective me·di·um

Definition of medium for Students

  1. :  intermediate in amount, quality, position, or degree medium size


Medical Dictionary

medium

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noun me·di·um \ˈmēd-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of medium

plural

mediums

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media

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  1. 1:  a means of effecting or conveying something: asa:  a substance regarded as the means of transmission of a force or effectb:  a surrounding or enveloping substance

  2. 2plural media a:  a nutrient system for the artificial cultivation of cells or organisms and especially bacteriab:  a fluid or solid in which organic structures are placed (as for preservation or mounting)



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