Meaning of MEDIUM in English



Pronunciation: ' m ē -d ē - ə m

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural mediums or me · dia \ -d ē - ə \

Etymology: Latin, from neuter of medius middle ― more at MID

Date: 1593

1 a : something in a middle position b : a middle condition or degree : MEAN

2 : a means of effecting or conveying something: as a (1) : a substance regarded as the means of transmission of a force or effect (2) : a surrounding or enveloping substance (3) : the tenuous material (as gas and dust) in space that exists outside large agglomerations of matter (as stars) <interstellar medium > b plural usually media (1) : a channel or system of communication, information, or entertainment ― compare MASS MEDIUM (2) : a publication or broadcast that carries advertising (3) : a mode of artistic expression or communication (4) : something (as a magnetic disk) on which information may be stored c : GO-BETWEEN , INTERMEDIARY d plural mediums : an individual held to be a channel of communication between the earthly world and a world of spirits e : material or technical means of artistic expression

3 a : a condition or environment in which something may function or flourish b plural media (1) : a nutrient system for the artificial cultivation of cells or organisms and especially bacteria (2) : a fluid or solid in which organic structures are placed (as for preservation or mounting) c : a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter

usage see MEDIA

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