[mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/
a plural of .
(usually used with a plural verb) the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely:
The media are covering the speech tonight.
pertaining to or concerned with such means:
a job in media research.
[mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/
noun, plural mediae
[mee-dee-ee] /ˈmi diˌi/ (Show IPA)
Greek Grammar. a voiced plosive, as β, δ, γ.
Anatomy. the middle layer of an artery or lymphatic vessel.
Entomology. a longitudinal vein in the middle portion of the wing of an insect.
[mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/
an ancient country in W Asia, S of the Caspian Sea, corresponding generally to NW Iran.
[mee-dee-uh m] /ˈmi di əm/
noun, plural media
[mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/ (Show IPA), for 1–9, 11, mediums for 1–11, 14.
a middle state or condition; mean.
something intermediate in nature or degree.
an intervening substance, as air, through which a force acts or an effect is produced.
the element that is the natural habitat of an organism.
surrounding objects, conditions, or influences; environment.
an intervening agency, means, or instrument by which something is conveyed or accomplished:
Words are a medium of expression.
one of the means or channels of general communication, information, or entertainment in society, as newspapers, radio, or television.
Biology. the substance in which specimens are displayed or preserved.
Also called culture medium. Bacteriology. a liquid or solidified nutrient material suitable for the cultivation of microorganisms.
a person through whom the spirits of the dead are alleged to be able to contact the living.
a size of printing paper, 18½ × 23½ inches (47 × 60 cm) in England, 18 × 23 to 19 × 25 inches (46 × 58 to 48 × 64 cm) in America.
Chiefly British. a size of drawing or writing paper, 17½ × 22 inches (44 × 56 cm).
Also called medium strip. Midland U.S. .
in medium, Movies, Television. with the principal actors in the middle distance:
The scene was shot in medium.
about halfway between extremes, as of degree, amount, quality, position, or size:
Cook over medium heat. He is of medium height.
a plural of medium
the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
of or relating to the mass media: media hype
noun (pl) -diae (-dɪˌiː)
the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran
midway between extremes; average: a medium size
(of a colour) reflecting or transmitting a moderate amount of light: a medium red Compare light1 (sense 29), dark (sense 2)
noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə), -diums
an intermediate or middle state, degree, or condition; mean: the happy medium
an intervening substance or agency for transmitting or producing an effect; vehicle: air is a medium for sound
a means or agency for communicating or diffusing information, news, etc, to the public: television is a powerful medium
a person supposedly used as a spiritual intermediary between the dead and the living
the substance in which specimens of animals and plants are preserved or displayed
(biology) short for culture medium
the substance or surroundings in which an organism naturally lives or grows
any solvent in which pigments are mixed and thinned
any one of various sizes of writing or printing paper, esp 181/2 by 231/2 inches or 171/2 by 22 inches (small medium)
“newspapers, radio, TV, etc.” 1927, perhaps abstracted from mass media (1923, a technical term in advertising), plural of medium, on notion of “intermediate agency,” a sense found in that word in English from c.1600.
1580s, “a middle ground, quality, or degree,” from Latin medium “the middle, midst, center; interval,” noun use of neuter of adjective medius (see medial (adj.)). Meaning “intermediate agency, channel of communication” is from c.1600. That of “person who conveys spiritual messages” first recorded 1853, from notion of “substance through which something is conveyed.” Artistic sense (oil, watercolors, etc.) is from 1854. Happy medium is the “golden mean,” Horace’s aurea mediocritas.
1660s, “average,” from medium (n.). The Latin adjective was medius. Meaning “intermediate” is from 1796. As a size designation from 1711. as a designation of cooked meat, it is attested from 1931, short for medium-rare (1881).
media me·di·a1 (mē’dē-ə)
A plural of medium.
The tunica media.
medium me·di·um (mē’dē-əm)
n. pl. me·di·ums or me·di·a (-dē-ə)
Occurring or being between two degrees, amounts, or quantities; intermediate.
1. Any kind of data including graphics, images, audio and video, though typically excluding raw text or executable code.
The term multimedia suggests a collection of different types of media or the ability to handle such collections.
2. The physical object on which data is stored, as opposed to the device used to read and write it.
3. The object at the physical layer that carries data, typically an electrical or optical cable, though, in a wireless network, the term refers to the space through which radio waves propagate. Most often used in the context of Media Access Control (MAC).
Heb. Madai, which is rendered in the Authorized Version (1) “Madai,” Gen. 10:2; (2) “Medes,” 2 Kings 17:6; 18:11; (3) “Media,” Esther 1:3; 10:2; Isa. 21:2; Dan. 8:20; (4) “Mede,” only in Dan. 11:1. We first hear of this people in the Assyrian cuneiform records, under the name of Amada, about B.C. 840. They appear to have been a branch of the Aryans, who came from the east bank of the Indus, and were probably the predominant race for a while in the Mesopotamian valley. They consisted for three or four centuries of a number of tribes, each ruled by its own chief, who at length were brought under the Assyrian yoke (2 Kings 17:6). From this subjection they achieved deliverance, and formed themselves into an empire under Cyaxares (B.C. 633). This monarch entered into an alliance with the king of Babylon, and invaded Assyria, capturing and destroying the city of Nineveh (B.C. 625), thus putting an end to the Assyrian monarchy (Nah. 1:8; 2:5,6; 3:13, 14). Media now rose to a place of great power, vastly extending its boundaries. But it did not long exist as an independent kingdom. It rose with Cyaxares, its first king, and it passed away with him; for during the reign of his son and successor Astyages, the Persians waged war against the Medes and conquered them, the two nations being united under one monarch, Cyrus the Persian (B.C. 558). The “cities of the Medes” are first mentioned in connection with the deportation of the Israelites on the destruction of Samaria (2 Kings 17:6; 18:11). Soon afterwards Isaiah (13:17; 21:2) speaks of the part taken by the Medes in the destruction of Babylon (comp. Jer. 51:11, 28). Daniel gives an account of the reign of Darius the Mede, who was made viceroy by Cyrus (Dan. 6:1-28). The decree of Cyrus, Ezra informs us (6:2-5), was found in “the palace that is in the province of the Medes,” Achmetha or Ecbatana of the Greeks, which is the only Median city mentioned in Scripture.
see: happy medium
- Media access control
networking (MAC) The lower sublayer of the OSI data link layer. The interface between a node’s Logical Link Control and the network’s physical layer. The MAC differs for various physical media. See also MAC Address, Ethernet, IEEE 802.3, token ring. [What does it do? Examples?] (1996-01-29)
- Media access unit
networking (MAU or Multistation Access Unit, MSAU) In a Token Ring network, a device to attach multiple network stations in a star topology, internally wired to connect the stations into a logical ring. The MAU contains relays to short out nonoperating stations. Multiple MAUs can be connected into a larger ring through their Ring In/Ring […]
noun 1. an ancient region in NW Iran, formerly a part of Media.
- Media blitz
noun phrase An intensive publicity campaign: A new coalition of fiscally conservative groups is planning a $10 million media blitz (1990s+)