- a plural of medium.
- (usually used with a plural verb) the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, that reach or influence people widely: The media are covering the speech tonight.
- pertaining to or concerned with such means: a job in media research.
- Greek Grammar. a voiced plosive, as β, δ, γ.
- Anatomy. the middle layer of an artery or lymphatic vessel.
- Entomology. a longitudinal vein in the middle portion of the wing of an insect.
Origin of media2
- an ancient country in W Asia, S of the Caspian Sea, corresponding generally to NW Iran. Capital: Ecbatana.
- a middle state or condition; mean.
- something intermediate in nature or degree.
- an intervening substance, as air, through which a force acts or an effect is produced.
- the element that is the natural habitat of an organism.
- surrounding objects, conditions, or influences; environment.
- an intervening agency, means, or instrument by which something is conveyed or accomplished: Words are a medium of expression.
- one of the means or channels of general communication, information, or entertainment in society, as newspapers, radio, or television.
- Biology. the substance in which specimens are displayed or preserved.
- Also called culture medium. Bacteriology. a liquid or solidified nutrient material suitable for the cultivation of microorganisms.
- a person through whom the spirits of the dead are alleged to be able to contact the living.
- Fine Arts.
- Painting.a liquid with which pigments are mixed.
- the material or technique with which an artist works: the medium of watercolor.
- a size of printing paper, 18½ × 23½ inches (47 × 60 cm) in England, 18 × 23 to 19 × 25 inches (46 × 58 to 48 × 64 cm) in America.
- Chiefly British. a size of drawing or writing paper, 17½ × 22 inches (44 × 56 cm).
- Also called medium strip. Midland U.S. median strip.
- in medium, Movies, Television. with the principal actors in the middle distance: The scene was shot in medium.
- about halfway between extremes, as of degree, amount, quality, position, or size: Cook over medium heat. He is of medium height.
Origin of medium
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Related Wordsnews, television, radio, publishing, correspondence, disclosure, cable, announcement, intelligence, communications, expression
Examples from the Web for media
In 2011 LGBT media outlet Queerty took the app to task for allegedly deleting accounts that made reference to being trans.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
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Much of the media coverage around eating disorders surrounds celebrities and models.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Unconfirmed reports in the French media claimed that the brothers were spotted at a gas station in northern France on Thursday.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
Duke was a state representative whose neo-Nazi alliances were disgorged in media reports during his run for governor in 1991.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
I will leave you now to choose your own men, and when all is ready you will march into Media at their head.
Also he called upon the Heroes of Media, who dwell in the land and guard it.
And now when the march had brought them into Media, Cyrus turned aside to visit Cyaxares.
And when it was done, Cyrus took his leave and came back to Media.
In art there is a constant development of tools and media and technical processes.The Legacy of Greece
- a plural of medium
- the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
- of or relating to the mass mediamedia hype
- the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
- one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
- a consonant whose articulation lies midway between that of a voiced and breathed speech sound
- a consonant pronounced with weak voice, as c in French second
- an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran
- an intermediate or middle state, degree, or condition; meanthe happy medium
- an intervening substance or agency for transmitting or producing an effect; vehicleair is a medium for sound
- a means or agency for communicating or diffusing information, news, etc, to the publictelevision is a powerful medium
- a person supposedly used as a spiritual intermediary between the dead and the living
- the substance in which specimens of animals and plants are preserved or displayed
- biology short for culture medium
- the substance or surroundings in which an organism naturally lives or grows
- the category of a work of art, as determined by its materials and methods of productionthe medium of wood engraving
- the materials used in a work of art
- any solvent in which pigments are mixed and thinned
- any one of various sizes of writing or printing paper, esp 18 1/2 by 23 1/2 inches or 17 1/2 by 22 inches (small medium)
Word Origin and History for media
"newspapers, radio, TV, etc." 1927, perhaps abstracted from mass media (1923, a technical term in advertising), plural of medium, on notion of "intermediate agency," a sense found in that word in English from c.1600.
1580s, "a middle ground, quality, or degree," from Latin medium "the middle, midst, center; interval," noun use of neuter of adjective medius (see medial (adj.)). Meaning "intermediate agency, channel of communication" is from c.1600. That of "person who conveys spiritual messages" first recorded 1853, from notion of "substance through which something is conveyed." Artistic sense (oil, watercolors, etc.) is from 1854. Happy medium is the "golden mean," Horace's aurea mediocritas.
1660s, "average," from medium (n.). The Latin adjective was medius. Meaning "intermediate" is from 1796. As a size designation from 1711. as a designation of cooked meat, it is attested from 1931, short for medium-rare (1881).
- Something, such as an intermediate course of action, that occupies a position or represents a condition midway between extremes.
- An intervening substance through which something else is transmitted or carried on.
- An agency by which something is accomplished, conveyed, or transferred.
- The substance, often nutritive, in which a specific organism lives and thrives.
- A culture medium.
- A filtering substance, such as filter paper.
- Occurring or being between two degrees, amounts, or quantities; intermediate.
- A substance, such as agar, in which bacteria or other microorganisms are grown for scientific purposes.
- A substance that makes possible the transfer of energy from one location to another, especially through waves. For example, matter of sufficient density can be a medium for sound waves, which transfer mechanical energy. See more at wave.
Idioms and Phrases with media
see happy medium.