- 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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Examples from the Web for mediums
Large asteroids are worth 20 points, mediums are worth 50, and smalls are worth 100.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
Materials and mediums are interchangeable—a metaphor, we learn, for mixing and breaking hierarchies of race, class, and more.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists
April 4, 2014
His creations come in an extraordinary range of mediums and look to genres inspired by popular culture, science, and art history.All Hail Richard Hamilton, the Father of British Pop Art
February 22, 2014
Indeed, even art insiders are acknowledging the two mediums have reached a new stage.From Prada Mural Coats to Dover Street, Fashion’s Art Moment
February 10, 2014
Discovering that I could become so fully absorbed in mediums with which I did not previously identify left me almost giddy.How I Write: Nathan Englander
March 27, 2013
"ALL of father's mediums are that kind," declared Lulie, emphatically.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Of frauds under the name of mediums there has been an abundance.
It won't do to be hasty in condemning the mediums wholesale.The Shadow World
The mediums are so nonchalant while causing these marvels that they fail to convince.
Yes, the newspapers are filled with accounts of mediums exposed.
- medium-dated gilt-edged securities
- 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 mediums
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 mediums
see happy medium.