Definitions for mediumˈmi di əm; -di ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

me•di•um*ˈmi di əm; -di ə(n.)(pl.)-di•a; -di•ums

  1. (n.)a middle state or condition; mean.

  2. something intermediate in nature or degree.

  3. an intervening substance, as air, through which a force acts or an effect is produced.

    Category: Physics

  4. the element that is the natural habitat of an organism.

  5. surrounding objects, conditions, or influences; environment.

  6. an intervening agency, means, or instrument by which something is conveyed or accomplished:

    Words are a medium of expression.

  7. one of the means or channels of general communication, information, or entertainment in society, as newspapers or television.

    Category: Dialect

  8. the substance in which specimens are displayed or preserved.

  9. Ref: Also called culture medium.

  10. a person through whom the spirits of the dead are alleged to be able to contact the living.

  11. a size, as of garments, to fit the average figure. an item in this size.

    Category: Clothing

  12. the material or technique with which an artist works.

    Category: Fine Arts

  13. (adj.)about halfway between extremes in degree, quantity, position, or quality.

* for 1-11, 17 . Usage: See media1.

Origin of medium:

1575–85; < L: n. use of neut. of medius middle. See mid1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. medium(noun)

    a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information

  2. medium(noun)

    the surrounding environment

    "fish require an aqueous medium"

  3. medium(noun)

    an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication

  4. culture medium, medium(noun)

    (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms

  5. medium(noun)

    a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter

  6. medium(noun)

    (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed

  7. medium(noun)

    an intervening substance through which something is achieved

    "the dissolving medium is called a solvent"

  8. medium(noun)

    a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position

    "a happy medium"

  9. medium, spiritualist, sensitive(noun)

    someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead

    "he consulted several mediums"

  10. medium, mass medium(noun)

    (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public

  11. metier, medium(adj)

    an occupation for which you are especially well suited

    "in law he found his true metier"

  12. average, intermediate, medium(adj)

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation

    "an orange of average size"; "intermediate capacity"; "medium bombers"

  13. medium(adj)

    (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. medium(adjective)ˈmi di əm

    between big and small in size or amount

    a medium serving of french fries

  2. medium(noun)ˈmi di əm

    an item in the size between large and small

    I think I need a medium in the pants.

  3. mediumˈmi di əm

    a method used to communicate or express sth

    learning through the medium of the Internet

  4. mediumˈmi di əm

    sb who believes they can communicate with dead people

    She went to visit a medium.


  1. medium(Noun)

    The nature of the surrounding environment, e.g. solid, liquid, gas, vacuum, or a specific substance such as a solvent.

  2. medium(Noun)

    The material or empty space through which signals, waves or forces pass.

  3. medium(Noun)

    A format for communicating or presenting information.

  4. medium(Noun)

    The materials used to finish a workpiece using a mass finishing or abrasive blasting process.

  5. medium(Noun)

    A nutrient solution for the growth of cells in vitro.

  6. medium(Noun)

    The means or channel by which an aim is achieved.

  7. medium(Noun)

    A liquid base which carries pigment in paint.

  8. medium(Noun)

    A tool used for painting or drawing.

    Acrylics, oils, charcoal and gouache are all mediums I used in my painting.

  9. medium(Noun)

    Someone who supposedly conveys information from the spirit world.

  10. medium(Noun)

    Anything having a measurement intermediate between extremes, such as a garment or container.

  11. medium(Noun)

    A person whom garments or apparel of intermediate size fit.

  12. medium(Noun)

    A half pint serve of Guinness (or other stout in some regions).

  13. medium(Adjective)

    Arithmetically average.

  14. medium(Adjective)

    Of intermediate size, degree, amount etc.

  15. medium(Adjective)

    Of meat, cooked to a point greater than rare but less than well done; typically, so the meat is still red in the centre.

  16. Origin: From medium, neuter of medius. Compare middle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Medium(noun)

    that which lies in the middle, or between other things; intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically: (a) Middle place or degree; mean

  2. Medium(noun)

    see Mean

  3. Medium(noun)

    the mean or middle term of a syllogism; that by which the extremes are brought into connection

  4. Medium(noun)

    a substance through which an effect is transmitted from one thing to another; as, air is the common medium of sound. Hence: The condition upon which any event or action occurs; necessary means of motion or action; that through or by which anything is accomplished, conveyed, or carried on; specifically, in animal magnetism, spiritualism, etc., a person through whom the action of another being is said to be manifested and transmitted

  5. Medium(noun)

    an average

  6. Medium(noun)

    a trade name for printing and writing paper of certain sizes. See Paper

  7. Medium(noun)

    the liquid vehicle with which dry colors are ground and prepared for application

  8. Medium(adj)

    having a middle position or degree; mean; intermediate; medial; as, a horse of medium size; a decoction of medium strength


  1. Medium

    Medium is an American television drama series that premiered on NBC on January 3, 2005, ending its run on that network on June 1, 2009. The series then moved to CBS on September 25, 2009, airing its final episode overall on January 21, 2011. Themed on supernatural gifts, its lead character, Allison DuBois, is a medium employed as a consultant for the Phoenix, Arizona district attorney's office. Allison and her husband Joe are the parents of three daughters, all of whom inherited Allison's gift. The show was initially based on the experiences of medium Allison DuBois, who claims she has worked with law enforcement agencies across the country in criminal investigations. Medium was created by Glenn Gordon Caron and was produced by his company Picturemaker Productions and Kelsey Grammer's Grammnet Productions in association with Paramount Television from 2005–06, CBS Paramount Television from 2006-09, and finally CBS Television Studios from 2009 until the series ended. The series aired on NBC during its first five seasons before switching to CBS for the sixth and seventh seasons. The production division of CBS had assumed production of Medium in 2006 after absorbing the television arm of the Paramount Pictures film studio. Paramount's home entertainment arm still held DVD distribution rights in conjunction with CBS DVD.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Medium

    in modern spiritualism a person susceptible to communication with the spirit-world.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. Medium


The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A party with one ear in the grave but both hands on your wallet. "Hello, Central! Give me Heaven!"

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'medium' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3853

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'medium' in Nouns Frequency: #419

Translations for medium

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something by or through which an effect is produced

Air is the medium through which sound is carried.

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