What does Medium mean?

Definitions for Medium
ˈmi di əm; -di əmedi·um

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mediumnoun

    a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information

  2. mediumnoun

    the surrounding environment

    "fish require an aqueous medium"

  3. mediumnoun

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

  4. culture medium, mediumnoun

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

  5. mediumnoun

    a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter

  6. mediumnoun

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

  7. mediumnoun

    an intervening substance through which something is achieved

    "the dissolving medium is called a solvent"

  8. mediumnoun

    a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position

    "a happy medium"

  9. medium, spiritualist, sensitivenoun

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

    "he consulted several mediums"

  10. medium, mass mediumnoun

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

  11. metier, mediumadjective

    an occupation for which you are especially well suited

    "in law he found his true metier"

  12. average, intermediate, mediumadjective

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation

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

  13. mediumadjective

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


  1. Mediumnoun

    (Microbiology) A source of nutrients in which a microorganism is placed to permit its growth, cause it to produce substances, or observe its activity under defined conditions; also called culture medium or growth medium. The medium is usually a solution of nutrients in water, or a similar solution solidified with gelatin or agar.

  2. Mediumnoun

    A means of transmission of news, advertising, or other messages from an information source to the public, also called a news medium, such as a newspaper or radio; used mostly in the plural form, i. e. news media or media. See 1st media.


  1. mediumnoun

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

  2. mediumnoun

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

  3. mediumnoun

    A format for communicating or presenting information.

  4. mediumnoun

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

  5. mediumnoun

    A nutrient solution for the growth of cells in vitro.

  6. mediumnoun

    The means or channel by which an aim is achieved.

  7. mediumnoun

    A liquid base which carries pigment in paint.

  8. mediumnoun

    A tool used for painting or drawing.

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

  9. mediumnoun

    Someone who supposedly conveys information from the spirit world.

  10. mediumnoun

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

  11. mediumnoun

    A person whom garments or apparel of intermediate size fit.

  12. mediumnoun

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

  13. mediumadjective

    Arithmetically average.

  14. mediumadjective

    Of intermediate size, degree, amount etc.

  15. mediumadjective

    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. Etymology: From medium, neuter of medius. Compare middle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mediumnoun

    Etymology: medium, Latin.

    Whether any other liquors, being made mediums, cause a diversity of sound from water, it may be tried. Francis Bacon.

    I must bring together
    All these extremes; and must remove all mediums,
    That each may be the other’s object. John Denham.

    Seeing requires light and a free medium, and a right line to the objects; we can hear in the dark, immured, and by curve lines. William Holder.

    He, who looks upon the soul through its outward actions, often sees it through a deceitful medium, which is apt to discolour the object. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 257.

    The parts of bodies on which their colours depend, are denser than the medium which pervades their interstices. Newt.

    Against filling the heavens with fluid mediums, unless they be exceeding rare, a great objection arises from the regular and very lasting motions of the planets and comets in all manner of courses through the heavens. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    This cannot be answered by those mediums which have been used. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    We, whose understandings are short, are forced to collect one thing from another, and in that process we seek out proper mediums. Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning.

    The just medium of this case lies betwixt the pride and the abjection, the two extremes. L’Estrange.


  1. medium

    A medium is a substance, material, or environment through which something is transmitted, conveyed, or communicated. It can be a physical substance, such as an artistic medium (like paint or clay), a communication channel (like television or radio), or a biological medium (like the air we breathe, water, or soil). It's essentially an intermediate agency, instrument, or mode that facilitates an action or process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mediumnoun

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

  2. Mediumnoun

    see Mean

  3. Mediumnoun

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

  4. Mediumnoun

    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. Mediumnoun

    an average

  6. Mediumnoun

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

  7. Mediumnoun

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

  8. Mediumadjective

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

  9. Etymology: [L. medium the middle, fr. medius middle. See Mid, and cf. Medius.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Medium

    mē′di-um, n. the middle: the middle place or degree: any intervening means, instrument, or agency: the substance in which bodies exist, or through which they move: in spiritualism, the person through whom spirits are said to make themselves seen or heard:—pl. Mē′diums, or Mē′dia.—adjs. Mē′dium, mediocre; Mediumis′tic, of or pertaining to spiritualistic mediums.—Circulating medium, money passing from hand to hand, as coin, bank-notes, &c. [L.]

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!"

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. medium


Editors Contribution

  1. medium

    A form or way.

    Money is a medium of exchange.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Medium in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Medium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Medium in a Sentence

  1. Walter Benjamin:

    Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.

  2. Jeremy Zook:

    We believe the previously legislated labour market and agricultural reforms are potentially positive for the medium-term growth outlook, though they clearly face implementation risks, signs of a weaker-than-anticipated economic recovery or a reassessment of medium-term growth potential would make it more challenging to achieve a downward trend in the debt ratio under our forecasts and add to pressure on the rating.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.

  4. Walt Whitman:

    I send no agent or medium, offer no representative of value,

  5. Professor Gil Weinberg:

    We believe that if you augment humans with technology humans should be able to do much more, and we thought that music is a great medium to try that, music is something that is very timely, you really need to do things on the right millisecond. It's also very spatial, you need to go to the right places, so what better medium than to try the concept of a third arm that would augment you and allow you to do things that you couldn't before in music.

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