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.

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Origin of medium

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

usage note for medium

7. See media1.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH medium

media median medium mediums (see usage note at media1)
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British Dictionary definitions for mediums (1 of 2)

mediums
/ (ˈmiːdɪəmz) /

pl n

medium-dated gilt-edged securities

British Dictionary definitions for mediums (2 of 2)

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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Medical definitions for mediums

medium
[ mēdē-əm ]

n. pl. me•di•ums

adj.

Occurring or being between two degrees, amounts, or quantities; intermediate.
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Scientific definitions for mediums

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 mediums

medium

see happy medium.

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