AskDefine | Define media

Dictionary Definition

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


1 a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
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 an intervening substance through which something is achieved; "the dissolving medium is called a solvent"
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; "a happy medium"
9 someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead; "he consulted several mediums" [syn: spiritualist]
10 transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public [syn: mass medium]
11 an occupation for which you are especially well suited; "in law he found his true metier" [syn: metier] [also: media (pl)]media See medium [also: mediae (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /ˈmiːdiə/, /"mi:di@/
    Rhymes with: -iːdiə


  1. The middle layer of the wall of a blood vessel or lymph vessel which is composed of connective and muscular tissue.

Usage notes

Not to be confused with medium.

Derived terms


  1. Formats for presenting information.
    Collage is a form of mixed-media artwork.
  2. In the context of "with a definite article": The journalists and other professionals who compose the mass communication industry.
  3. Plural of medium

Usage notes

When referring to media, as in media, i.e., the mass-communication industry comprising journalism and entertainment, media is usually held to be a singular noun (because it is not the plural of medium. It is a term derived from the concept of an industry communicating through different media, e.g., newspapers, television, films, magazines). In all other cases, it is the plural of medium, whether one is referring to artistic media, storage media (e.g., blank media, such as CDs), media players, etc.


formats for presenting information
  • Hungarian: média
the journalists and other professionals who compose the mass communication industry
  • Finnish: tiedotusvälineet, viestimet
  • Persian: رسانه
  • Portuguese: mídia



From medio + -a.


  1. environmental




  1. average, mean


  1. media



Related terms



  1. sock, stocking
  2. mean, average
  3. half an hour
    son las cinco y media = it’s 5:30.


  1. half
    media hora = half an hour.
  2. middle, mid, in the middle of
  3. average, mean


Extensive Definition

Media may refer to:
In communication:
In computing:
In fine art:
  • Media (arts), materials and techniques used by an artist to produce a work
In life science:
  • Growth media, objects in which microorganisms or cells can experience growth
  • Tunica media, the middle layer of the wall of a blood vessel
  • Media filter, a filter consisting of several different filter materials





  • Medea, the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis in Greek mythology
media in Afrikaans: Media
media in Danish: Medium
media in German: Medien
media in French: Média
media in Indonesian: Media
media in Italian: Media
media in Korean: 매체
media in Dutch: Medium
media in Polish: Media
media in Russian: Среднее значение
media in Swedish: Media
media in Yiddish: מידיע
media in Dimli: Medya

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1