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Medium \Me"di*um\, n.; pl. L. Media, E. Mediums. [L. medium the middle, fr. medius middle. See Mid, and cf. Medius.]

  1. That which lies in the middle, or between other things; intervening body or quantity. Hence, specifically:

    1. Middle place or degree; mean.

      The just medium . . . lies between pride and abjection.

    2. (Math.) See Mean.

    3. (Logic) The mean or middle term of a syllogism; that by which the extremes are brought into connection.

  2. A substance through which an effect is transmitted from one thing to another; as, air is the common medium of sound. Hence: The condition upon which any event or action occurs; necessary means of motion or action; that through or by which anything is accomplished, conveyed, or carried on; specifically, in animal magnetism, spiritualism, etc., a person through whom the action of another being is said to be manifested and transmitted.

    Whether any other liquors, being made mediums, cause a diversity of sound from water, it may be tried.

    I must bring together All these extremes; and must remove all mediums.

  3. An average. [R.]

    A medium of six years of war, and six years of peace.

  4. A trade name for printing and writing paper of certain sizes. See Paper.

  5. (Paint.) The liquid vehicle with which dry colors are ground and prepared for application.

  6. (Microbiology) A source of nutrients in which a microorganism is placed to permit its growth, cause it to produce substances, or observe its activity under defined conditions; also called culture medium or growth medium. The medium is usually a solution of nutrients in water, or a similar solution solidified with gelatin or agar.

  7. A means of transmission of news, advertising, or other messages from an information source to the public, also called a news medium, such as a newspaper or radio; used mostly in the plural form, i. e. news media or media. See 1st media[2].

    Circulating medium, a current medium of exchange, whether coin, bank notes, or government notes.

    Ethereal medium (Physics), the ether.

    Medium of exchange, that which is used for effecting an exchange of commodities -- money or current representatives of money.


n. (plural of medium English)


Usage examples of "mediums".

I myself am very suspicious when mediums talk about contacting the spirits of famous people.

Healers and mediums belong to all sorts of religion, but healing is a beautiful spiritual experience.

What all mediums have in common is that they have expansive mind energies, which can reach out and touch into the next dimension, and are capable of acting as receivers through which the 'dead' can communicate, in mind-to-mind contact.

I get rather annoyed when people expect mediums to be 'holier than thou'.

Compassion is more important than either intellect or an oversensitive 'holi-All good mediums are people who are willing to serve and help others by passing on messages from the dead.

That's why people who visit mediums simply out of curiosity can be disappointed.

However, most people go to mediums a little while after a death when, like Colin and Janet, they have been through the grieving process and feel that enough is enough.

It is true that because psychic phenomena can't always be produced to order some mediums in the past became afraid of failing and being ridiculed, and decided to cheat a little.

I think spirit people are working through mediums and healers all the time, but some of them prefer to work directly in this way to ensure that they don't get misinterpreted.

I feel sure that older people and the terminally ill - anyone, indeed, who fears death - could also receive a great deal of comfort from talks by mediums, who could prove to them beyond doubt that there is a life after this one.

I believe this experience can be accounted for by shock dislodging the mind energy, enabling people to 'see' into the other dimension, just as mediums can.

Although it seemed that the entire country was caught up in a tremendous fascination with séances, mediums and the study of psychical powers, she simply could not imagine a gentleman of Adam Grove's temperament taking a serious interest in such matters.

While I do not believe that mediums can communicate with ghosts and phantoms, I am not at all prepared to dismiss other types of psychical powers out of hand.

But my point is that your friend Prittlewell no doubt picked up some gossip and rumors concerning the community of mediums while he was attending séances and lectures on psychical research.

Caroline has become accepted within it, however, and knowledge of the community of mediums and the Society of Psychical Investigations will no doubt prove invaluable to you.