Definitions for: Medium


[n] an occupation for which you are especially well suited; "in law he found his true metier"
[n] an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
[n] a means or instrumentality for communicating
[n] the surrounding environment; "fish require an aqueous medium"
[n] someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead; "he consulted several mediums"
[n] a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position; "a happy medium"
[n] an intervening substance through which something is achieved; "the dissolving medium is called a solvent"
[n] (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
[n] (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
[n] a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
[adj] (of meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside
[adj] around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures; "an orange of average size"; "intermediate capacity"; "a plane with intermediate range"; "medium bombers"



Webster (1913) Definition: Me"di*um, n.; pl. L. Media, E. Mediums. [L.
medium the middle, fr. medius middle. See Mid, and cf.
Medius.]
1. That which lies in the middle, or between other things;
intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically:
(a) Middle place or degree; mean.

The just medium . . . lies between pride and
abjection. --L'Estrange.
(b) (Math.) See Mean.
(c) (Logic) The mean or middle term of a syllogism; that
by which the extremes are brought into connection.

2. A substance through which an effect is transmitted from
one thing to another; as, air is the common medium of
sound. Hence: The condition upon which any event or action
occurs; necessary means of motion or action; that through
or by which anything is accomplished, conveyed, or carried
on; specifically, in animal magnetism, spiritualism, etc.,
a person through whom the action of another being is said
to be manifested and transmitted.

Whether any other liquors, being made mediums, cause
a diversity of sound from water, it may be tried.
--Bacon.

I must bring together All these extremes; and must
remove all mediums. --Denham.

3. An average. [R.]

A medium of six years of war, and six years of
peace. --Burke.

4. A trade name for printing and writing paper of certain
sizes. See Paper.

5. (Paint.) The liquid vehicle with which dry colors are
ground and prepared for application.

Circulating medium, a current medium of exchange, whether
coin, bank notes, or government notes.

Ethereal medium (Physics), the ether.

Medium of exchange, that which is used for effecting an
exchange of commodities -- money or current
representatives of money.


Me"di*um, a.
Having a middle position or degree; mean; intermediate;
medial; as, a horse of medium size; a decoction of medium
strength.

Synonyms: average, cooked, culture medium, intermediate, metier, moderate, spiritualist

See Also: aether, agar, air, airwave, album, business, celluloid, cinema, communicating, communication, contrast material, contrast medium, dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, environment, environs, ether, film, job, line, line of work, liquid, matter, means, megalp, megilp, nutrient agar, occupation, paper, print media, psychic, record album, resolvent, solvent, state, substance, surround, surroundings, telecommunication, vehicle

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