An ancient country of southwest Asia in present-day northwest Iran. Settled by an Indo-European people, it became part of the Assyrian Empire and was conquered c. 550 bc by Cyrus the Great, who added it to the Persian Empire.
Me′di·an adj. & n.
me·di·a 1 (mē′dē-ə)
A plural of medium
. See Usage Note at medium
me·di·a 2 (mē′dē-ə)
2. The middle, often muscular layer of the wall of a blood vessel.
[Late Latin, from Latin, feminine of Latin medius, middle; see medium.]
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2. (Communications & Information) the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
(Communications & Information) of or relating to the mass media: media hype.
Usage: When media refers to the mass media, it is sometimes treated as a singular form, as in: the media has shown great interest in these events. Many people think this use is incorrect and that media should always be treated as a plural form: the media have shown great interest in these events
, pl -diae
1. (Anatomy) the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
2. (Zoology) one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
(Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics
a. a consonant whose articulation lies midway between that of a voiced and breathed speech sound
b. a consonant pronounced with weak voice, as c in French second
[C19: from Latin medius middle]
1. (Historical Terms) an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran
2. (Placename) an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran
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me•di•a1 (ˈmi di ə)
2. (usu. with a pl. v.) the means of communication, as radio, television, newspapers, and magazines, with wide reach and influence. adj.
3. pertaining to or concerned with the media: media research.
, like data,
is the plural form of a word borrowed directly from Latin. The singular, medium
, early developed the meaning “an intervening agency, means, etc.,” and was first applied to newspapers two centuries ago. In the 1920s media
began to appear as a singular collective noun: The media is reporting on the debates
. This singular, though often criticized, is now common.
me•di•a2 (ˈmi di ə)
n., pl. -di•ae (-diˌi)
1. the middle layer of an artery or lymphatic vessel.
2. a voiced stop, esp. in ancient Greek.
3. Entomol. a longitudinal vein in the middle portion of the wing of an insect.
[1835–45; < Latin, n. use of feminine singular of Latin medius
Me•di•a (ˈmi di ə)
an ancient country in W Asia, S of the Caspian Sea, corresponding generally to NW Iran. Cap.: Ecbatana.
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1. the practice among European newspapers of allowing space, usually at the bottom of a page or pages, for fiction, criticism, columnists, etc.
2. the practice of writing critical or familiar essays for the feuilleton pages. — feuilletonist, n.
language typical of journalists and newspapers or magazines, characterized by use of neologism and unusual syntax. Also called newspaperese.
1. the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news.
2. the occupation of running a news organization as a business.
3. the press, printed publications, and their employees.
4. an academie program preparing students in reporting, writing, and editing for periodicals and newspapers. — journalist, n. — journalistic, adj.
1. a type of cathode-ray tube used in the reception of television images.
2. a recording of a television program on motion-picture film.
an apparatus for projecting sound and pictures by a combination of a phonograph and a kinetoscope.
an early apparatus for producing a moving picture. See also instruments
. Cf. kinetophone
a person who publishes or writes for a periodical.
a form of journalism in which photographs play a more important part than written copy. — photojournalist, n.
1. the action, practice, or art of propagating doctrines, as in the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge.
2. the deliberate spreading of information or ideas to promote or injure a cause, nation, etc. — propagandist, n. — propagandistic, adj.
1. the act or process of reporting news.
2. an account of a current or historical event, not appearing in conventional news media, written in a journalistic style.
the act of shocking or intent to shock, especially through the media; the practice of using startling but superficial efïects, in art, literature, etc., to gain attention. See also literary style
. — sensationalist
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Media is a noun, and it is also a plural form of another noun, medium.
1. 'the media'
You can refer to television, radio, and newspapers as the media.
She refused to talk to the media.
It is usually regarded as correct to use a plural form of a verb with the media, but people often use a singular form.
The media are very powerful in influencing opinions.
The media was full of stories about the singer and her husband.
You can use a singular or plural form in conversation and in less formal writing, but you should use a plural form in formal writing.
A medium is a way of expressing your ideas or communicating with people. The plural of medium is either mediums or media.
She is an artist who uses various mediums including photography and sculpture.
They advertise through a range of different media radio, billboards, and the internet.
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