[ mee-dee-uhm ]
/ ˈmi di əm /
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noun, plural me·di·a [mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/ for 1-9, 11, me·di·ums for 1-11, 14.
about halfway between extremes, as of degree, amount, quality, position, or size: Cook over medium heat. He is of medium height.
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Origin of medium

First recorded in 1575–85; from Latin: “the middle,” noun use of neuter of medius “middle”; see mid1

usage note for medium

7. See media1.
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British Dictionary definitions for medium

/ (ˈmiːdɪəm) /

midway between extremes; averagea medium size
(of a colour) reflecting or transmitting a moderate amount of lighta medium red Compare light 1 (def. 29), dark (def. 2)
noun plural -dia (-dɪə) or -diums
See also mediums

Word Origin for medium

C16: from Latin: neuter singular of medius middle

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Scientific definitions for medium

[ mēdē-əm ]

Plural media
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.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with medium


see happy medium.

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