Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “medium”

medium

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈmid·i·əm/ us  

medium adjective [not gradable] (AVERAGE)

being in the middle between an upper and lower amount, size, or degree; average: He was a man of medium height. The shirt is available in small, medium, and large sizes. Medium also refers to a way of cooking meat or fish so that it is cooked in the middle: Would you like your steak rare, medium, or well-done?

medium

noun [C]

medium noun [C] (METHOD)

   /ˈmid·i·əm/ (plural mediums or media  /ˈmid·i·ə/) a method or way of expressing something: the broadcasting/print medium art    /ˈmid·i·əm/ (plural mediums or media  /ˈmid·i·ə/) The medium that an artist works in is the materials or method used to create things: The work of art was done in mixed media (= using different substances), and included wood shavings, pieces of metal, glue, and oil paint.

medium noun [C] (MATERIAL/SUBSTANCE)

physics /ˈmid·i·əm/ the material through which a wave or other force travels

medium noun [C] (PERSON)

   /ˈmid·i·əm/ (plural mediums) a person who claims to receive messages from people who are dead
(Definition of medium from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of medium?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “medium”

Definitions of “medium” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bright spark

a person who is intelligent, and full of energy and enthusiasm

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More