Meaning of MEDIUM in English

MEDIUM

(~s, media)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

Note: The plural of the noun can be either '~s' or 'media' for meanings 4 and 5. The form '~s' is the plural for meaning 6.

1.

If something is of ~ size, it is neither large nor small, but approximately half way between the two.

A ~ dose produces severe nausea within hours...

He was of ~ height with blond hair and light blue eyes.

ADJ: usu ADJ n

2.

You use ~ to describe something which is average in degree or amount, or approximately half way along a scale between two extremes.

Foods that contain only ~ levels of sodium are bread, cakes, milk, butter and margarine.

...a sweetish, ~-strength beer.

ADJ: usu ADJ n

Medium is also an adverb.

Cook under a ~-hot grill.

ADV: ADV adj

3.

If something is of a ~ colour, it is neither light nor dark, but approximately half way between the two.

Andrea has ~ brown hair, grey eyes and very pale skin...

COMB in COLOUR

4.

A ~ is a way or means of expressing your ideas or of communicating with people.

In Sierra Leone, English is used as the ~ of instruction for all primary education...

But Artaud was increasingly dissatisfied with film as a ~.

N-COUNT

5.

A ~ is a substance or material which is used for a particular purpose or in order to produce a particular effect.

Blood is the ~ in which oxygen is carried to all parts of the body...

Hyatt has found a way of creating these qualities using the more permanent ~ of oil paint.

N-COUNT

6.

A ~ is a person who claims to be able to contact and speak to people who are dead, and to pass messages between them and people who are still alive.

N-COUNT

7.

see also media

8.

If you strike or find a happy ~ between two extreme and opposite courses of action, you find a sensible way of behaving that is somewhere between the two extremes.

I still aim to strike a happy ~ between producing football that’s worth watching and getting results...

PHRASE: PHR after v

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