noun, plural me·di·a [mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/ for 1–9, 11, me·di·ums for 1–11, 14.
- Painting.a liquid with which pigments are mixed.
- the material or technique with which an artist works: the medium of watercolor.
Origin of medium
Synonyms for medium
Related Words for mediumintermediate, form, tool, mechanism, instrument, vehicle, channel, climate, element, music, art, par, commonplace, fair, normal, median, middling, standard, middle, neutral
Examples from the Web for medium
Contemporary Examples of medium
Place the thinly sliced shallots in a medium bowl and pour buttermilk over to coat.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole
December 27, 2014
And since visual media is more compelling than any other medium, it is consistently their drug of choice.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom
December 22, 2014
For OK Go the music video is medium for personal creativity, hype, and branding.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
December 15, 2014
Video has been the medium of choice for winning artists of late; the two previous winners were both video artists.Has the Turner Prize Gone Soft?
December 2, 2014
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a medium heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
Historical Examples of medium
Yet they not only use this medium, but mistake it for the whitest sunshine.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Through what medium can the idea of servitude enter their minds?The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The new—or what seems new to me—is apparently the medium in which it is most at home.The Conquest of Fear
Yet how imperfect a glimpse do we obtain of him, through the medium of this, or any of his letters!A Book of Autographs
It was, indeed, necessary for me to converse by the medium of an interpreter.In the Heart of Vosges
noun plural -dia (-dɪə) or -diums
- 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
Word Origin for medium
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).
n. pl. me•di•ums
see happy medium.