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Definitions of medium

  1. around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures; " an orange of average size"; " intermediate capacity"; " a plane with intermediate range"; " medium bombers"
  2. ( bacteriology) a nutrient substance ( solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro- organisms
  3. transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public
  4. an occupation for which you are especially well suited; " in law he found his true metier"
  5. an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
  6. a means or instrumentality for communicating
  7. the surrounding environment; " fish require an aqueous medium"
  8. a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position; " a happy medium"
  9. an intervening substance through which something is achieved; " the dissolving medium is called a solvent"
  10. ( biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
  11. ( of meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside
  12. a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
  13. a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
  14. That which lies in the middle, or between other things; intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically: ( a) Middle place or degree; mean.
  15. See Mean.
  16. The mean or middle term of a syllogism; that by which the extremes are brought into connection.
  17. 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.
  18. The liquid vehicle with which dry colors are ground and prepared for application.
  19. Having a middle position or degree; mean; intermediate; medial; as, a horse of medium size; a decoction of medium strength.
  20. Middle.
  21. The mean; that which comes between or in the middle; agency; as, the newspaper is a great advertising medium; space or substance in which bodies exist or move; as, water is the only medium in which fish can live; a person through whom messages from the spirit world are delivered to earth.
  22. Having a middle position; halfway between two things, states, etc.
  23. The middle: the middle place or degree: anything intervening: means or instrument: the substance in which bodies exist, or through which they move: in spiritualism, the person through whom spirits are alleged to make their communications:- pl. MEDIUMS or MEDIA.
  24. Middle place or degree; anything which intervenes or transmits; means; substance in which a body exists.
  25. Intermediate; middle; mediocre.
  26. Anything that acts intermediately; a substance in which something may exist or move.
  27. One believed to be controlled by a disembodied spirit.
  28. The middle place or degree between two extremes; means by which anything is accomplished, conveyed, or carried on; the space or substance in which bodies exist, or through which they move in passing from one point to another; in painting, the liquid vehicle with which the dry pigments are ground and made ready for the artists use; in animal magnetism and spiritualism, the person through whom it is alleged certain spirits manifest themselves and transmit their communications to others.
  29. Media. Any of the structures through which a force acts, as the refracting media of the eyebulb; any of the more or less solid substances in which cultures are reared or tissues are propagated.

Usage examples for medium

  1. Mr. Nelson was a medium for the communication of the very spirit of Christ in that service. – Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati by Warren C. Herrick
  2. He was a perfect artist in his own medium, which happened to be hair. – Marge Askinforit by Barry Pain
  3. Pour it nearly full of medium thick plaster of paris, carefully mixed free of bubbles. – Taxidermy by Leon Luther Pray
  4. Of the medium herself I can only say that we have never questioned her integrity. – Sight Unseen by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  5. It has very much the same quality of line and so does not show as a different medium. – The Practice and Science Of Drawing by Harold Speed
  6. He was a young man, about twenty- three, of medium height, graceful, and with a smile of charming good humor upon the lips. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  7. Here the medium laughed. – Sight Unseen by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  8. Paul, however, had no desire to be introduced by any such medium as this. – Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll
  9. The medium was silent for a moment. – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  10. The Dutch language at that time was almost the only medium through which communication could be had with the Japanese. – Japan by David Murray
  11. At his side was a young man, of medium height, thick- set, and powerful- looking. – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  12. 4. The Gentiles gathered to the Lord become at last the medium of His salvation for the covenant- people, who at first had rejected it, chap. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  13. Rosalvo can know no medium; Rosalvo can never act like common men. – The-Bravo-of-Venice-a-romance by Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory)
  14. The girl was of medium height, and yet she seemed to be almost tall as she stood on the platform. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  15. When the plants are an inch high, thin them out, leaving only one or two, if the plant be a large one, like the balsam; five or six, when it is of a medium size; and eighteen or twenty of the smaller size. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  16. There's a medium in all things. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  17. Again the lights were extinguished, and presently the medium said her feet were wet. – The Complete Works of Artemus Ward, Part 1 by Charles Farrar Browne
  18. Each nest would occupy about the space of a medium size basket. – Free from School by Rahul Alvares
  19. Through the medium of a correspondence, which has been conducted in quite a peculiar manner. – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
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