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MEDIUM (media)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does medium mean? 

MEDIUM (noun)
  The noun MEDIUM has 11 senses:

1. a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
2. the surrounding environment
3. an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
4. (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
5. an intervening substance through which something is achieved
6. a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
7. (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
8. a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position
9. someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
10. (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public
11. an occupation for which you are especially well suited

  Familiarity information: MEDIUM used as a noun is familiar.


MEDIUM (adjective)
  The adjective MEDIUM has 2 senses:

1. around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures
2. (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside

  Familiarity information: MEDIUM used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MEDIUM (noun)


Sense 1medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

instrumentality; instrumentation (an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medium"):

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 audio tape and compact disc)

telecom; telecommunication ((often plural) systems used in transmitting messages over a distance electronically)

data-storage medium; storage medium (a medium for storing information)

print media (a medium that disseminates printed matter)

celluloid; cinema; film (a medium that disseminates moving pictures)

paper (medium for written communication)

vehicle (a medium for the expression or achievement of something)


Sense 2medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The surrounding environment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Context example:

fish require an aqueous medium

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

environment; environs; surround; surroundings (the area in which something exists or lives)


Sense 3medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

communicating; communication (the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information)

Domain member category:

ban; censor (forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medium"):

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)


Sense 4medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

culture medium; medium

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)

Domain category:

bacteriology (the branch of medical science that studies bacteria in relation to disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medium"):

agar; nutrient agar (any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent)


Sense 5medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An intervening substance through which something is achieved

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Context example:

the dissolving medium is called a solvent

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medium"):

dissolvent; dissolver; dissolving agent; resolvent; solvent (a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances)


Sense 6medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

liquid (a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medium"):

megalp; megilp (a medium for oil-paints; linseed oil mixed with mastic varnish or turpentine)


Sense 7medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medium"):

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)


Sense 8medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

a happy medium

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)


Sense 9medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

sensitive; spiritualist; medium

Context example:

he consulted several mediums

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

psychic (a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception)


Sense 10medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

mass medium; medium

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

transmission (communication by means of transmitted signals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medium"):

broadcast medium; broadcasting (a medium that disseminates via telecommunications)


Sense 11medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An occupation for which you are especially well suited

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

metier; medium

Context example:

in law he found his true metier

Hypernyms ("medium" is a kind of...):

business; job; line; line of work; occupation (the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money)


MEDIUM (adjective)


Sense 1medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures

Synonyms:

medium; intermediate; average

Context examples:

an orange of average size / intermediate capacity / a plane with intermediate range / medium bombers

Similar:

moderate (being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme)


Sense 2medium [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside

Similar:

cooked (having been prepared for eating by the application of heat)


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