metier, medium

(noun) an occupation for which you are especially well suited; “in law he found his true metier”


(noun) an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication


(noun) a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information

medium, mass medium

(noun) (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public


(noun) the surrounding environment; “fish require an aqueous medium”

medium, spiritualist, sensitive

(noun) someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead; “he consulted several mediums”


(noun) a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position; “a happy medium”


(noun) an intervening substance through which something is achieved; “the dissolving medium is called a solvent”


(noun) (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed


(noun) a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


media (plural mediae)

(anatomy) The middle layer of the wall of a blood vessel or lymph vessel which is composed of connective and muscular tissue.

(linguistics, dated) A voiced stop consonant.

Antonym: tenuis

(entomology) One of the major veins of the insect wing, between the radius and the cubitus

(zoology) An ant specialized as a forager in a leaf-cutter ant colony.

Usage notes

Not to be confused with medium.


• (vein of insect wing): M

Etymology 2



plural of medium


media (countable and uncountable, plural media or medias)

(often, used as uncountable, though such use is proscribed) Means and institutions for publishing and broadcasting information.

(usually, with a definite article; often used as uncountable, though such use is proscribed) The journalists and other professionals who comprise the mass communication industry.


• Maedi, aimed, amide, maide


Proper noun


(historical) A region of northwestern Iran, originally inhabited by the Medes

(historical) The territories corresponding to the empire ruled by dynasts from Media.

A county seat borough, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States.


• Maedi, aimed, amide, maide

Source: Wiktionary

Me"di*a, n.,

Definition: pl. of Medium.

Me"di*a, n.; pl. Mediæ (-e). Etym: [NL., fr. L. medius middle.] (Phonetics)

Definition: One of the sonant mutes b, d, g (b, d, g), in Greek, or of their equivalents in other languages, so named as intermediate between the tenues, p, t, k (p, t, k), and the aspiratæ (aspirates) f, th, x (ph or f, th, ch). Also called middle mute, or medial, and sometimes soft mute.


Me"di*um, n.; pl. L. Media, E. Mediums. Etym: [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: (a) Middle place or degree; mean. The just medium . . . lies between pride and abjection. L'Estrange. (b) (Math.)

Definition: See Mean. (c) (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. Bacon. I must bring together All these extremes; and must remove all mediums. Denham.

3. An average. [R.] A medium of six years of war, and six years of peace. Burke.

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

5. (Paint.)

Definition: The liquid vehicle with which dry colors are ground and prepared for application. 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.

Me"di*um, a.

Definition: Having a middle position or degree; mean; intermediate; medial; as, a horse of medium size; a decoction of medium strength.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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(adjective) unhurried and with care and dignity; “walking at the same measured pace”; “with all deliberate speed”

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According to Guinness World Records, the most massive cup of coffee contained 22,739.14 liters and was created by Alcaldía Municipal de Chinchiná (Colombia) at Parque de Bolívar, Chinchiná, Caldas, Colombia, on 15 June 2019. Fifty people worked for more than a month to build this giant cup. The drink prepared was Arabic coffee.

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