medium-n; 8 Senses

Sense Number 1: a specific format, a form

Commentary: MEDIUM[+form][+format][+specific][+communication] [+role][+transmitter][+information]

The library has transferred most of its collection to digital media such as DVDs.
Radio was the first great medium of mass communication. (radio as a form, not a specific content)
This computer book describes the structure of disk sectors on data-storage media.
She expressed her emotions through the medium of dance. (dance as a form, structure)
Those islanders use shells as an exchange medium. (common format)
The medium of television has changed the style and format of political campaigns. (TV as a form)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 11

Sense Number 2: a setting, a surrounding environment

Commentary: MEDIUM[+location][+environment][+surrounding]

Fish use their gills to extract oxygen from the medium of water.
Sound waves can travel through the medium of air or water.
The Michelson-Morley experiment proved that light does not travel through a medium of aether.
The interstellar medium between stars is composed of dust and gas.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: chemical substances used in various types of processing

Commentary: MEDIUM[+substance][+chemical][+nutrient/+preservative/+solvent/+paint_base] [+role][+processor][+chemical]

Agar, an algae extract, is a useful medium to grow bacteria in Petri dishes.
This solvent is the medium which will dissolve the two chemicals into a solution.
Mary stirred green pigment into the white medium until she obtained a sage green color.
Formaldehyde is a common medium used in preserving organ specimens in jars.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 7, 5, 6

Sense Number 4: a middle ground, a state of balance

Commentary: MEDIUM[+state][+condition][+intermediate]
NOTE: implies a state, does not imply a quantity (see Sense 5)

This book is about striking a happy medium between work and leisure.
No medium can be reached if both sides refuse to give an inch.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 5: an average amount, degree or measurement

Commentary: MEDIUM[+quantity][+measurement][+average]
NOTE: implies an underlying quantity or measurement

These slacks are a size medium. (functions as a modifier)
The test scores of these students are consistently above the medium. (higher than the average)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 6: a psychic, one claiming to conjure spirits

Commentary: MEDIUM[+person][+psychic]

She consulted a medium to try to speak to her dead husband.
The medium closed her eyes and began to speak in a strange voice.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 7: broadly disseminated content or information

Commentary: MEDIUM[+content][+disseminated][+broadly][+TV/+radio/+newspaper]
NOTE: often occurs in the plural, e.g. 'mass media'
NOTE: refers to the material or content that is broadcast, -not- the business itself (see Sense 8)

These broadcast media have been censured because they contain classified information.
Mary fears that her children's tastes are shaped too much by the mass media.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 8: communication businesses, TV, radio, newspapers

Commentary: MEDIUM[+business][+communication][+radio/+television/+newspaper]
NOTE: always occurs in the plural
NOTE: refers to the business (and people) itself, not the content that is broadcast (see Sense 7)

Only certain members of the Washington media were invited to that press conference.
Some feel the media have overreacted to this story.
The film star wore a wig on vacation to escape the attention of the media.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2b-1