medium

[ mee-dee-uhm ]
/ ˈmi di əm /

noun, plural me·di·a [mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/ for 1–9, 11, me·di·ums for 1–11, 14.

adjective

about halfway between extremes, as of degree, amount, quality, position, or size: Cook over medium heat. He is of medium height.

Nearby words

  1. mediterranean fever,
  2. mediterranean flour moth,
  3. mediterranean fruit fly,
  4. mediterranean sea,
  5. mediterranean-hemoglobin e disease,
  6. medium artillery,
  7. medium bomber,
  8. medium frequency,
  9. medium octavo,
  10. medium of exchange

Origin of medium

1575–85; < Latin: the middle, noun use of neuter of medius middle. See mid1

Can be confusedmedia median medium mediums (see usage note at media1)

Usage note

7. See media1.

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British Dictionary definitions for medium

medium

/ (ˈmiːdɪəm) /

adjective

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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Medicine definitions for medium

medium

[ mēdē-əm ]

n. pl. me•di•ums

adj.

Occurring or being between two degrees, amounts, or quantities; intermediate.

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Science definitions for medium

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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Idioms and Phrases with medium

medium

see happy medium.

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