Definition of Medium

1. Noun. A means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information.

2. Adjective. Around the middle of a scale of evaluation. "Medium bombers"
Exact synonyms: Average, Intermediate
Similar to: Moderate

3. Noun. The surrounding environment. "Fish require an aqueous medium"

4. Adjective. (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside.
Similar to: Cooked

5. Noun. An intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication.
Generic synonyms: Communicating, Communication
Specialized synonyms: Aether, Ether, Air, Airwave
Examples of category: Ban, Censor

6. Noun. (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms.
Exact synonyms: Culture Medium
Generic synonyms: Food, Nutrient
Category relationships: Bacteriology
Specialized synonyms: Agar, Nutrient Agar

7. Noun. A liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter.
Generic synonyms: Liquid
Specialized synonyms: Magilp, Megilp

8. Noun. (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed.
Generic synonyms: Substance
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Specialized synonyms: Contrast Material, Contrast Medium

9. Noun. An intervening substance through which something is achieved. "The dissolving medium is called a solvent"
Generic synonyms: Substance
Specialized synonyms: Dissolvent, Dissolver, Dissolving Agent, Resolvent, Solvent

10. Noun. A state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position. "A happy medium"
Generic synonyms: State
Derivative terms: Medial

11. Noun. Someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead. "He consulted several mediums"
Exact synonyms: Sensitive, Spiritualist
Generic synonyms: Psychic
Derivative terms: Spiritualism, Spiritualism

12. Noun. (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public.
Exact synonyms: Mass Medium
Generic synonyms: Transmission
Specialized synonyms: Broadcast Medium, Broadcasting

13. Noun. An occupation for which you are especially well suited. "In law he found his true metier"
Exact synonyms: Metier
Generic synonyms: Business, Job, Line, Line Of Work, Occupation

Definition of Medium

1. n. That which lies in the middle, or between other things; intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically: (a) Middle place or degree; mean.

2. a. Having a middle position or degree; mean; intermediate; medial; as, a horse of medium size; a decoction of medium strength.

Definition of Medium

1. Noun. (context: plural '''media''' or '''mediums''') The nature of the surrounding environment, e.g. solid, liquid, gas, vacuum, or a specific substance such as a solvent. ¹

2. Noun. (context: plural '''media''' or '''mediums''') The material or empty space through which signals, waves or forces pass. ¹

3. Noun. (context: plural '''media''' or '''mediums''') A format for communicating or presenting information. ¹

4. Noun. (context: plural '''media''' or '''mediums''' engineering) The materials used to finish a workpiece using a mass finishing or abrasive blasting process. ¹

5. Noun. (context: plural '''media''' or '''mediums''' microbiology) A nutrient solution for the growth of cells ''in vitro''. ¹

6. Noun. (context: plural '''media''' or '''mediums''') The means or channel by which an aim is achieved. ¹

7. Noun. (context: plural '''mediums''' or '''media''') A liquid base which carries pigment in paint. ¹

8. Noun. (context: plural '''mediums''' or '''media''' painting) A tool used for painting or drawing. ¹

9. Noun. (context: plural '''mediums''' spiritualism) Someone who supposedly conveys information from the spirit world. ¹

10. Noun. (context: plural '''mediums''') Anything having a measurement intermediate between extremes, such as a garment or container. ¹

11. Noun. (context: plural '''mediums''') A person whom garments or apparel of intermediate size fit. ¹

12. Noun. (context: plural '''mediums''' Ireland dated informal) A half pint serve of Guinness (or other stout in some regions). ¹

13. Adjective. (obsolete) Arithmetically average. ¹

14. Adjective. Of intermediate size, degree, amount etc. ¹

15. Adjective. Of meat, cooked to a point greater than rare but less than well done; typically, so the meat is still red in the centre. ¹

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Definition of Medium

1. a surrounding environment in which something functions and thrives [n -DIA or -DIUMS]

Medical Definition of Medium

1. Shorthand for culture medium or growth medium, the nutrient solution in which cells or organs are grown. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Medium

mediterranean anaemia
mediterranean anchovy
mediterranean fever
mediterranean islands
mediterranean region
medium (current term)
medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase
medium-chain triglyceride
medium artery
medium dead
medium dry
medium frequency
medium of exchange
medium pace
medium pacer
medium pacers
medium rare

Literary usage of Medium

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1904)
"When electromotive force acts on a conducting medium it also produces what is called an electric current. Now dielectric media, with very few, if any, ..."

2. The Journal of Infectious Diseases by Infectious Diseases Society of America, John Rockefeller McCormick Memorial Fund, John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases (1915)
"This medium possesses many advantages, but the transfers must be made every two or three days in order to keep the cultures alive, and we desired a medium ..."

3. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"To accomplish this log phase promastigotes of L. donovani were maintained in protein free tissue culture medium to minimize the interference of lytic ..."

4. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1896)
"In these mental tests do you think him likely to be good ( ), medium ( ), poor( )? ... Hands: (in relation to size of body,) large ( ), medium ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Effect of hydrocortisone, glucagon, and insulin on AIB transport and TAT activity in H3S hepatoma cells incubated in S77 medium or Hanks solution. ..."

6. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1917)
"Our method of bacteriological examination for B. diphtheria is as follows: First the medium is inoculated with the swab, second the swab ..."

7. The Lancet (1898)
"Stérilisation in the steam steriliser bas been tried, but has been found to yield an unsatisfactory medium. "When sterilised at a temperature of 120° C. the ..."

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