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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
Translations of “medium”
in Korean 중간의…
in Arabic مُتَوَسِّط…
in French moyen, média, médium…
in Turkish orta, vasat…
in Italian medio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 中間的, 中等的, 適中的…
in Russian средний…
in Polish średni…
in Spanish medio, médium…
in Portuguese mediano, médio…
in German das Mittel, die Medien (pl.), das Medium…
in Catalan mitjà…
in Japanese (大きさ、程度が)中位の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 中间的, 中等的, 适中的…
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