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Lying or occurring between two extremes or in a middle position or state: an aircraft having an intermediate range; an intermediate school.
1. One that is in a middle position or state.
2. An intermediary.
3. Chemistry A substance formed as a necessary stage in the manufacture of a desired end product.
4. An automobile that is smaller than a full-sized model but larger than a compact.
intr.v. (-āt′) in·ter·me·di·at·ed, in·ter·me·di·at·ing, in·ter·me·di·ates
1. To act as an intermediary; mediate.
2. To intervene.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin intermediātus, from Late Latin intermedius : Latin inter-, inter- + Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.]

in′ter·me′di·a·cy n.
in′ter·me′di·ate·ly adv.
in′ter·me′di·a′tion n.
in′ter·me′di·a′tor n.
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(ˌɪn tərˈmi di ə si)

the state of being intermediate or of acting intermediately.
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Her looks asked him to forgive her for having dared, by Natasha's intermediacy, to remind him of his promise, and then thanked him for his love.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Venezuelan opposition will take part in a meeting with representatives for the country's authorities with Norway's intermediacy in Barbados, opposition leader Juan Guaido's press service reported on Sunday.
In fact, given their morphological intermediacy between a cultivated species and another wild species, two coffee "species" have been interpreted as hybrid lineages derived from crop-wild hybridization (C.
(15) Sedley hiarisce bene questo punto: "Incorrect adressing, involving as it does the direct attachment of names to things without the intermediacy of the copula or other syntactical devices, is the kind of naming, or name-allocation, most closely analogous to inaccurate correspondence between words and the object" (Sedley, 2003, p.
The sensitivity, resistance and intermediacy of both LAB strains were calculated according to CLSI (2008) and NCCLS (2009).
In contrast to this modern view of surfaces as planes of separation dividing a "superficial" exterior from an essential interior, a signifier from a signified, Ingold proposes a notion of the surface as what he calls a "veil of intermediacy." On this conception, a surface does not divide one side from another, but arises from the intermingling of a physical substance, such as a patch of land, with a medium, such as the weather.
This intermediacy presents a problem, as individuals from Southeast Asia and Polynesia misclassify as either American Arctic and Northeast Asian (individuals who tend toward a Sinodont pattern), Australo-Melanesian and Micronesian groups (who are closely grouped with Southeast Asia and Polynesia), Western Eurasian (individuals with a more simplified pattern who lack many of the traits observed in other groups), or Sub-Saharan African (who are most closely clustered with Western Eurasia; see Figure 3).
(22) At the level of sensitive appetition, however, a new element enters in; the subject still tends to a good that is perfective of it, but it does so through the intermediacy of the notion of the delectable or pleasurable.
It is the whole premise of this soliloquy that the dismissive "What is truth?" constitutes for Pilate neither a candid philosophical inquiry nor a merely rhetorical question but something murkier, and the character-shaping intermediacy of his stance emerges again in one more question that Webster puts in his mouth.
As it is relevant to the topic, we will quote the saying of a father whose name we do not know: "O, how the angels rejoice when a sinner enters the Kingdom of Heaven through the intermediacy of penitence!
Distal fibers of MPFL are inserted to proximal two thirds of patella, and proximal fibers to vastus intermediacy tendon.