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
Examples from the Web for mediums
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of mediums
"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.
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.