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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Medium  \Me"di*um\,  a. 
  Having  a  middle  position  or  degree;  mean  intermediate; 
  medial;  as  a  horse  of  medium  size;  a  decoction  of  medium 
  strength. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  medium 
  adj  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"  [syn:  {average},  {intermediate}] 
  2:  (of  meat)  cooked  until  there  is  just  a  little  pink  meat 
  inside 
  n  1:  a  means  or  instrumentality  for  communicating 
  2:  the  surrounding  environment;  "fish  require  an  aqueous 
  medium" 
  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  [syn:  {culture  medium}] 
  5:  a  liquid  with  which  pigment  is  mixed  by  a  painter 
  6:  (biology)  a  substance  in  which  specimens  are  preserved  or 
  displayed 
  7:  a  state  that  is  intermediate  between  extremes;  a  middle 
  position;  "a  happy  medium" 
  8:  someone  who  serves  as  an  intermediary  between  the  living  and 
  the  dead;  "he  consulted  several  mediums"  [syn:  {spiritualist}] 
  9:  an  occupation  for  which  you  are  especially  well  suited;  "in 
  law  he  found  his  true  metier"  [syn:  {metier}] 




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