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medium

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noun me·di·um \ˈmē-dē-əm\

Definition of medium

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mediums

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media

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  1. 1 a :  something in a middle position b :  a middle condition or degree :  mean

  2. 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. 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 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


First Known Use: 1589

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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?

1711

First Known Use of medium

1711



MEDIUM Defined for English Language Learners

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medium

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noun me·di·um \ˈmē-dē-əm\

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


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medium

adjective me·di·um

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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