Meaning of MEDIUM in English


(~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.


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


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


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...



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 ~.



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.



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.



see also media


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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