Me·di·um n.; pl. L. Media E. Mediums
1. That which lies in the middle, or between other things; intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically: (a) Middle place or degree; mean.
The just medium . . . lies between pride and abjection. --L'Estrange.
(b) Math. See Mean. (c) Logic The mean or middle term of a syllogism; that by which the extremes are brought into connection.
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.
Whether any other liquors, being made mediums, cause a diversity of sound from water, it may be tried. --Bacon.
I must bring together
All these extremes; and must remove all mediums. --Denham.
3. An average. [R.]
A medium of six years of war, and six years of peace. --Burke.
4. A trade name for printing and writing paper of certain sizes. See Paper.
5. Paint. The liquid vehicle with which dry colors are ground and prepared for application.
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.
No·to·po·di·um n.; pl. L. Notopodia E. Notopodiums Zool. The dorsal lobe or branch of a parapodium. See Parapodium.
Amt n.; pl. Amter E. Amts . An administrative territorial division in Denmark and Norway.
Each of the provinces [of Denmark] is divided into several amts, answering . . . to the English hundreds. --Encyc. Brit.
1. The fifth letter of the English alphabet.
Note: It derives its form, name, and value from the Latin, the form and value being further derived from the Greek, into which it came from the Phœnician, and ultimately, probably, from the Egyptian. Its etymological relations are closest with the vowels i, a, and o, as illustrated by to fall, to fell; man, pl. men; drink, drank, drench; dint, dent; doom, deem; goose, pl. geese; beef, OF. boef, L. bos; and E. cheer, OF. chiere, LL. cara.
Note: The letter e has in English several vowel sounds, the two principal being its long or name sound, as in eve, me, and the short, as in end, best. Usually at the end of words it is silent, but serves to indicate that the preceding vowel has its long sound, where otherwise it would be short, as in māne, cāne, mēte, which without the final e would be pronounced măn, căn, mĕt. After c and g, the final e indicates that these letters are to be pronounced as s and j; respectively, as in lace, rage.
See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 74-97.
2. Mus. E is the third tone of the model diatonic scale. E♭ (E flat) is a tone which is intermediate between D and E.
n 1: a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for normal
reproduction; an important antioxidant that neutralizes
free radicals in the body [syn: vitamin E, tocopherol]
2: a radioactive transuranic element produced by bombarding
plutonium with neutrons [syn: einsteinium, Es, atomic
3: the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees [syn: east,
4: the base of the natural system of logarithms [syn: 2.718282...]
5: the 5th letter of the Roman alphabet