Definition of "medium" []

  • Something, such as an intermediate course of action, that occupies a position or represents a condition midway between extremes. (noun)
  • An intervening substance through which something else is transmitted or carried on. (noun)
  • An agency by which something is accomplished, conveyed, or transferred: The train was the usual medium of transportation in those days. (noun)
  • Usage Problem A means of mass communication, such as newpapers, magazines, radio, or television. (noun)
  • Usage Problem The group of journalists and others who constitute the communications industry and profession. (noun)
  • Midway between extremes; average (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting a moderate amount of light (adjective)
  • An intermediate or middle state, degree, or condition; mean (noun)
  • An intervening substance or agency for transmitting or producing an effect; vehicle (noun)
  • A means or agency for communicating or diffusing information, news, etc, to the public (noun)
  • A person supposedly used as a spiritual intermediary between the dead and the living (noun)
  • The substance in which specimens of animals and plants are preserved or displayed (noun)
  • The substance or surroundings in which an organism naturally lives or grows (noun)
  • The category of a work of art, as determined by its materials and methods of production (noun)
  • The materials used in a work of art (noun)
  • Any solvent in which pigments are mixed and thinned (noun)
  • Any one of various sizes of writing or printing paper, esp 181⁄2 by 231⁄2 inches or 171⁄2 by 22 inches (small medium) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "medium" in a sentence
  • "Mag. _ in May 1861, writes: "I have deduced from this result the relation between statical or dynamical electricity, and have shown that the elasticity of the magnetic medium in air is the same as that of the luminiferous medium, _if these two coexistent, coextensive, and equally elastic media are not rather one medium_.""
  • "I sat down and ordered hot-and-sour soup (medium hot) and kung pao chicken (medium*)."
  • "Short finish upon opening, but with time medium to medium+ with airtime (and touch of drying tannins noticeable on the finish)."