What does medium mean?

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

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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


  1. Medium(n.)

    (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. Medium(n.)

    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.

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


  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

  9. Origin: [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


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

How to pronounce medium?

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How to say medium in sign language?

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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. Marshall McLuhan:

    The medium is the message.

  2. Stan Shamu:

    The medium-term view is still for lower oil prices.

  3. Seth Wittke:

    It's a medium-to-large-sized event by Wyoming standards.

  4. Fred Allen:

    Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.

  5. Jane Addams:

    Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.

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