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me·di·um

medium

 
 
pronunciation:
mi di m
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
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part of speech: noun
inflections: media, mediums
definition 1: a substance that is a means of passing on a force or an effect.
Copper wire is a medium for conducting electricity.
synonyms:
vehicle
similar words:
agency, mode
definition 2: a means or tool.
Money is a medium of exchange.
similar words:
agency, mechanism, tool, vehicle
definition 3: a middle thing or condition.
There must be a happy medium between what my dad wants to do for vacation and what my mom wants to do.
similar words:
mean, middle
definition 4: a way or method of communicating or expressing, such as painting, music, or language.
Ansel Adams is an artist whose medium is photography.
similar words:
method, mode
definition 5: the natural or social environment in which one lives.
Bread is an excellent medium for growing mold.Water is a lobster's medium.
synonyms:
environment, habitat
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part of speech: adjective
definition: middle or average in size or amount.
He has a medium build.The medium soda is smaller than it used to be.
synonyms:
intermediate
similar words:
average, mean, middle, modest
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