medium vs median :

medium vs median

medium or median

Medium is a format for communicating or presenting information. It can also be described as the means or channel by which an aim is achieved.

"To boost sales, have you tried the Internet advertising medium?"

Median is the quantity or value at the midpoint of a set of values, such that the variable is likely to fall above or below it. It means the middle and center.

"Find the median of the following set of numbers: 12, 65, 43, 19 and 47."

You will most often see ‘medium’ used as an adjective, meaning about halfway between two extremes. For example, in clothing sizes, medium is between small and large. A person who is not particularly short or tall might be described as being of medium height.

Median, however, is a more specific term that means the middle of a series of numbers. For example, the median number of the series 56, 63, 77, 86, and 94 is 77 – 77 is hallway between 55 and 94. Sometimes people use median as a synonym for average, but it’s not truly the same.

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  • n  a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
  • n  the surrounding environment
    fish require an aqueous medium
  • n  an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
  • n  (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
  • n  a liquid with which pigment is mixed by a painter
  • n  (biology) a substance in which specimens are preserved or displayed
  • n  an intervening substance through which something is achieved
    the dissolving medium is called a solvent
  • n  a state that is intermediate between extremes; a middle position
    a happy medium
  • n  someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
    he consulted several mediums
  • n  (usually plural) transmissions that are disseminated widely to the public
  • n  an occupation for which you are especially well suited
  • s  around the middle of a scale of evaluation
    medium bombers
  • s  (meat) cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside

  • n  the value below which 50% of the cases fall
  • s  relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values)
    the median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20
    the median income for the year was $15,000
  • s  dividing an animal into right and left halves
  • s  relating to or situated in or extending toward the middle
News & Articles

  • State's Median Age Higher Than Nation's
    New Census figures show the median age in New York state last year was 38.1, unchanged from 2011 and a bit higher than the national median.
    June 14, 2013 - WWNY - WNYF Watertown
  • Census: Median age in NY in 2012 was 38.1
    New Census figures show the median age in New York state last year was 38.1, unchanged from 2011 and a bit higher than the national median. Data released Thursday shows the nation's median age was 37.4 ...
    June 14, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
  • San Diego Median Housing Prices Rise in May
    The median housing prices in San Diego continued rising at a nice clip in May, according to two recent reports. Dataquick, the La Jolla real estate research firm, reported the median for San Diego last month was $406,500, up 1.6 percent from April’s median, and 21 percent from the median price in May 2012.
    June 13, 2013 - San Diego Business Journal