Other forms: media; mediums; mediumly

Think of the word medium as something in between. In clothing, we have small, medium, and large; in communications, it's what signals travel through from broadcast to receiver; and in spiritual terms, it’s a person who converses with the dead.

The word medium — from the Latin adjective medius, "middle" — has several meanings that all center on the idea of being in between. From the air that carries the broadcast signal, to the person who transmits messages from the dead, to the measurement of the "doneness" of your steak, medium means something that lies between two other points, people, or levels.

Definitions of medium
  1. noun
    the surrounding environment
    “fish require an aqueous medium
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    environment, environs, surround, surroundings
    the area in which something exists or lives
  2. noun
    an intervening substance through which something is achieved
    “the dissolving medium is called a solvent”
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    dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent
    a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances
    acetone, dimethyl ketone, propanone
    the simplest ketone; a highly inflammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics
    a colorless volatile flammable liquid with an almond odor that is made from chlorine and benzene; used as a solvent and in the production of phenol and DDT and other organic compounds
    carbolic acid, hydroxybenzene, oxybenzene, phenol, phenylic acid
    a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally
    carbon tet, carbon tetrachloride, perchloromethane, tetrachloromethane
    a colorless nonflammable liquid used as a solvent for fats and oils; because of its toxicity its use as a cleaning fluid or fire extinguisher has declined
    a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent
    (archaic) a solvent
    any of various volatile flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures; used chiefly as solvents
    a solvent that removes a substance (usually from a surface)
    alcahest, alkahest, universal solvent
    hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
    methylbenzene, toluene
    a colorless flammable liquid obtained from petroleum or coal tar; used as a solvent for gums and lacquers and in high-octane fuels
    xylene, xylol
    a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent
    type of:
    the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
  3. noun
    (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
    synonyms: culture medium
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    agar, nutrient agar
    any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent
    blood agar
    a culture medium containing whole blood as the nutrient
    type of:
    food, nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
  4. noun
    (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
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    contrast material, contrast medium
    a substance that is opaque to x-rays; when administered it allows a radiologist to examine the organ or tissue it fills
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    the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
  5. noun
    a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position
    “a happy medium
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    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  6. adjective
    around the middle of a scale of evaluation
    synonyms: average, intermediate
    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
  7. adjective
    (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside
    having been prepared for eating by the application of heat
  8. noun
    a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
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    a medium for the expression or achievement of something
    a medium for written communication
    celluloid, cinema, film
    a medium that disseminates moving pictures
    print media
    a medium that disseminates printed matter
    data-storage medium, storage medium
    a medium for storing information
    telecom, telecommunication
    (often plural) systems used in transmitting messages over a distance electronically
    album, record album
    one or more recordings issued together; originally released on 12-inch phonograph records (usually with attractive record covers) and later on cassette audiotape and compact disc
    a medium, especially a website, for discussion of ideas and issues
    silver screen
    the film industry
    press, public press
    the print media responsible for gathering and publishing news in the form of newspapers or magazines
    magnetic medium, magnetic storage, magnetic storage medium
    any storage medium in which different patterns of magnetization are used to represent stored bits or bytes of information
    journalism, news media
    newspapers and magazines collectively
    samizdat, underground press
    a system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature
    telephone, telephony
    transmitting speech at a distance
    communicating at a distance by electric transmission over wire
    transmission by radio waves
    taking part in a radio or tv program
    communicates two or more signals over a common channel
    concept album
    an album whose recordings are unified by some theme (instrumental or lyrical or narrative or compositional)
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    instrumentality, instrumentation
    an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
  9. noun
    an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
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    aether, ether
    a medium that was once supposed to fill all space and to support the propagation of electromagnetic waves
    air, airwave
    medium for radio and television broadcasting
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    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  10. noun
    someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
    “he consulted several mediums
    synonyms: sensitive, spiritualist
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    a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception
  11. noun
    a technology that is used to to disseminate information or entertainment widely to the public
    synonyms: mass medium
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    broadcast medium, broadcasting
    a medium that disseminates via telecommunications
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    communication by means of transmitted signals
  12. noun
    a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
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    magilp, megilp
    a medium for oil-paints; linseed oil mixed with mastic varnish or turpentine
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    a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
  13. noun
    an occupation for which you are especially well suited
    synonyms: metier
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    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money




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