Arithmetic, Statistics. the middle number in a given sequence of numbers, taken as the average of the two middle numbers when the sequence has an even number of numbers: 4 is the median of 1, 3, 4, 8, 9.
Geometry. a straight line from a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side.
Statistics. relating to the value in the center of the distribution for an array of data: the median income of American households.
noting or relating to a plane dividing something into two equal parts, especially one dividing an animal into right and left halves.
situated in or relating to the middle; medial.
- me·di·an·ly, adverb
- post·me·di·an, adjective
- pre·me·di·an, noun, adjective
- sub·me·di·an, adjective
Other definitions for Median (2 of 2)
of or relating to Media, the Medes, or their language.
the Iranian language of ancient Media, contemporaneous with Old Persian.
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How to use median in a sentence
The median household income in many of the affected Louisiana parishes is below $50,000, with poverty rates upwards of 15 percent.Hurricane Laura is the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in more than a century | Sara Chodosh | August 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
The baseline refers to the median day-value between January 3 and February 6, 2020.See how visits to retail, grocery, workplaces are trending by area with Google Mobility Reports | George Nguyen | August 27, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Back in the first half of 2016, the share of nonbrand paid search clicks attributed as broad matches in Google search query reports was up above 25% for the median advertiser.2020 Google paid search trends that have nothing to do with the pandemic | Andy Taylor | August 25, 2020 | Search Engine Land
At the end of April, people were tested at a rate 60 percent higher in areas where the median household income was in the top quartile versus the bottom quartile.Which Cities Have The Biggest Racial Gaps In COVID-19 Testing Access? | Soo Rin Kim | July 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The median price of homes listed right now in Andersonville is $451,443.Chicago: A Midwestern Jewel for the LGBTQ Community | LGBTQ-Editor | July 11, 2020 | No Straight News
This would restore overtime rights to workers earning up to around $50,000 a year, which is roughly the current median.
Unlike most other telemarketers, they have a median net worth of almost $900,000.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives? | Michael Schulson | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
median household income peaked in America in 1999, under Bill Clinton, at $56,080.
The median household income in inflation-adjusted dollars back in 1987 was… well, what do you think?
This chart lists median household income in the United States for every year going back to 1967, when it started being measured.
The epigynum consists of a long epigastric furrow with a large lip-like opening near its median line.
Propodeum openly rugoso-punctate, the median channel single, distinct, no median basin.
Cephalothorax suboval, upper margin strongly concave at the sides and tapering to a point at the median line.
median Stress, where force is applied to the middle of the concrete, producing a swell, or impressive fulness.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 | Ministry of Education
In brief—distinct grounds, and vivid circular or cycloid figures, of no meaning, are here median laws.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
British Dictionary definitions for median
of, relating to, situated in, or directed towards the middle
biology of or relating to the plane that divides an organism or organ into symmetrical parts
statistics of or relating to the median
a middle point, plane, or part
a straight line joining one vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side: See also centroid
a straight line joining the midpoints of the nonparallel sides of a trapezium
statistics the middle value in a frequency distribution, below and above which lie values with equal total frequencies
statistics the middle number or average of the two middle numbers in an ordered sequence of numbers: 7 is the median of both 1, 7, 31 and 2, 5, 9, l6
Also called: (chiefly Brit) central reservation Canadian the strip, often covered with grass, that separates the two sides of a highway
- medianly, adverb
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Scientific definitions for median
In a sequence of numbers arranged from smallest to largest:
The middle number, when such a sequence has an odd number of values. For example, in the sequence 3, 4, 14, 35, 280, the median is 14.
The average of the two middle numbers, when such a sequence has an even number of values. For example, in the sequence 4, 8, 10, 56, the median is 9 (the average of 8 and 10). Compare arithmetic mean average mode.
A line joining a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side.
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Cultural definitions for median (1 of 2)
The point in a series at which half of the values or units of the series are higher and half lower.
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