What does median mean?

Definitions for median
ˈmi di ənme·di·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. median, median value(adj)

    the value below which 50% of the cases fall

  2. median(a), average(adj)

    relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values)

    "the median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20"; "the median income for the year was $15,000"

  3. medial, median(adj)

    dividing an animal into right and left halves

  4. median, medial(adj)

    relating to or situated in or extending toward the middle


  1. median(Noun)

    A central vein or nerve, especially the median vein or median nerve running through the forearm and arm.

  2. median(Noun)

    The quantity or value at the midpoint of a set of values, such that the variable is equally likely to fall above or below it; the middle value of a discrete series arranged in magnitude (or the mean of the middle two terms when there is an even number of terms).

  3. median(Noun)

    The median strip; the area separating two lanes of opposite-direction traffic.

  4. median(Adjective)

    Situated in the middle; central, intermediate.

  5. median(Adjective)

    In the middle of an organ, structure etc.; towards the median plane of an organ or limb.

  6. median(Adjective)

    Having the median as its value.

  7. Median(Noun)

    a Mede

  8. Median(Noun)

    The northwestern Iranian language of the Medes, attested only by numerous loanwords in Old Persian, few borrowings in Old Armenian and some glosses in Ancient Greek; nothing is known of its grammar.

  9. Median(Adjective)

    Relating to Media or Medes.

  10. Median(Adjective)

    Of laws, rules etc.: unchanging, invariable.

  11. Origin: From median, from medianus, from medius (see medium), from medhy-. Cognate with midde, middel. More at middle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Median(adj)

    being in the middle; running through the middle; as, a median groove

  2. Median(adj)

    situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a bilateral animal into right and left halves; -- said of unpaired organs and parts; as, median coverts

  3. Median(noun)

    a median line or point

  4. Origin: [L. medianus, fr. medius middle. See Medial.]


  1. Median

    In statistics and probability theory, the median is the numerical value separating the higher half of a data sample, a population, or a probability distribution, from the lower half. The median of a finite list of numbers can be found by arranging all the observations from lowest value to highest value and picking the middle one. If there is an even number of observations, then there is no single middle value; the median is then usually defined to be the mean of the two middle values, which corresponds to interpreting the median as the fully trimmed mid-range. The median is of central importance in robust statistics, as it is the most resistant statistic, having a breakdown point of 50%: so long as no more than half the data is contaminated, the median will not give an arbitrarily large result. A median is only defined on ordered one-dimensional data, and is independent of any distance metric. A geometric median, on the other hand, is defined in any number of dimensions. In a sample of data, or a finite population, there may be no member of the sample whose value is identical to the median; if there is such a member, there may be more than one so that the median may not uniquely identify a sample member. Nonetheless, the value of the median is uniquely determined with the usual definition. A related concept, in which the outcome is forced to correspond to a member of the sample, is the medoid. At most, half the population have values strictly less than the median, and, at most, half have values strictly greater than the median. If each group contains less than half the population, then some of the population is exactly equal to the median. For example, if a < b < c, then the median of the list {a, b, c} is b, and, if a < b < c < d, then the median of the list {a, b, c, d} is the mean of b and c; i.e., it is /2.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Median

    mē′di-an, adj. being in the middle, running through the middle: situated in the median plane, that dividing the body longitudinally into symmetrical halves.—adv. Med′ianly.—n. Med′iant (mus.), the third tone of a diatonic scale. [L. medianusmedius, middle.]

  2. Median

    mē′di-an, adj. pertaining to Media or the Medes, an ancient Aryan race which became fused with the Persians under the victorious Cyrus about 550 B.C.n. Mede, a member of this race.

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  1. aidmen, Damien, demain, maiden, Maiden, Manide, medina, Medina, meidan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of median in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of median in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of median in a Sentence

  1. Bart Graves:

    The tanker was heavily damaged in the rear so we had( to) pump out the liquid into the median so the tanker could be lifted onto a tow truck.

  2. Edward Welniak:

    What we see there then is this increase in households at the lower end of the income distribution tended to hold down median household income.

  3. Alex Brown:

    For many years in (NASRA's) data set, the median employee contribution rate held constant despite a number of states passing increases to their employee contribution rates.

  4. John Williams:

    Even though four (rate hikes) is the median projection, that’s not something I see as baked in the cake, it’s just as likely it will be more or less than that depending on what actually happens.

  5. Allison Rice:

    Out of nowhere a tire jumps across the median from the opposite direction into our side of the roadway, didnt notice at the time but it struck the rear of my wifes car and came directly toward the front of my Jeep.

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