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Explanation of medium by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside

    2. around the middle of a scale of evaluation

    3. medium bombers
    1. an occupation for which you are especially well suited

    2. an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication

    3. a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information

    4. transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public

    5. the surrounding environment

    6. fish require an aqueous medium
    7. someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead

    8. he consulted several mediums
    9. a state that is intermediate between extremes

    10. a happy medium
    11. an intervening substance through which something is achieved

    12. the dissolving medium is called a solvent
    13. a nutrient substance ( solid or liquid ) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms

    14. a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed

    15. a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter

    Definition of medium by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Medium 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: Middle place or degree; mean.

      The just medium . . . lies between pride and abjection. L'Estrange.

      ( Math. ) See Mean. ( 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.

      6. ( Microbiology ) A source of nutrients in which a microorganism is placed to permit its growth, cause it to produce substances, or observe its activity under defined conditions; also called culture medium or growth medium. The medium is usually a solution of nutrients in water, or a similar solution solidified with gelatin or agar.

      7. A means of transmission of news, advertising, or other messages from an information source to the public, also called a news medium, such as a newspaper or radio; used mostly in the plural form, i. e. news media or media. See 1st media2.

      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.

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