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Medium \Me"di*um\, n.; pl. L. {Media}, {E}. {Mediums}. [L. medium the middle, fr. medius middle. See {Mid}, and cf. {Medius}.]
     1. That which lies in the middle, or between other things; intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically: (a) Middle place or degree; mean. [1913 Webster]

                  The just medium . . . lies between pride and abjection.                        --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] (b) (Math.) See {Mean}. (c) (Logic) The mean or middle term of a syllogism; that by which the extremes are brought into connection. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Whether any other liquors, being made mediums, cause a diversity of sound from water, it may be tried.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              I must bring together
              All these extremes; and must remove all mediums.
                                                    --Denham. [1913 Webster]

     3. An average. [R.]
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              A medium of six years of war, and six years of peace.                                --Burke. [1913 Webster]

     4. A trade name for printing and writing paper of certain sizes. See {Paper}. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Paint.) The liquid vehicle with which dry colors are ground and prepared for application. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Microbiology) A source of nutrients in which a microorganism is placed to permit its growth, cause it to produce substances, or observe its activity under defined conditions; also called {culture medium} or {growth medium}. The medium is usually a solution of nutrients in water, or a similar solution solidified with gelatin or agar. [PJC]

     7. A means of transmission of news, advertising, or other messages from an information source to the public, also called a {news medium}, such as a newspaper or radio; used mostly in the plural form, i. e. {news media} or {media}. See 1st {media}[2]. [PJC]

     {Circulating medium}, a current medium of exchange, whether coin, bank notes, or government notes.

     {Ethereal medium} (Physics), the ether.

     {Medium of exchange}, that which is used for effecting an exchange of commodities -- money or current representatives of money. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

media \me"di*a\ (m[=e]"d[i^]*[.a]), n. sing. & pl.,
     1. The latinic plural form of {medium}, sometimes used as a singular noun with the same meaning as medium; as, (Computers) place your installation media into the device which will read it; (Microbiology) the tuberculosis bacterium will only grow in a special media. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     2. The public institutions that report the news, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, collectively; the news media; as, the media were obsessed with Monica Lewinsky for months. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Media \Me"di*a\, n.; pl. {Mediae} (-[=e]). [NL., fr. L. medius middle.]
     1. (Phonetics) One of the sonant mutes [beta], [delta], [gamma] (b, d, g), in Greek, or of their equivalents in other languages, so named as intermediate between the tenues, [pi], [tau], [kappa] (p, t, k), and the aspiratae (aspirates) [phi], [theta], [chi] (ph or f, th, ch). Also called {middle mute}, or {medial}, and sometimes {soft mute}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

19 Moby Thesaurus words for "media":
     communication engineering, communication explosion, communication technology, communication theory, communications, communications engineer, communications industry, communications medium, communications network, electrical communication, electronic communication, electronic communications, information explosion, information theory, radiocommunication, signaling, telecommunication, wire communication, wireless communication


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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