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Median

Me′di-an

(mē′dĭ-an)
,
Adj.
[L.
medianus
, fr.
medius
middle. See
Medial
.]
1.
Being in the middle; running through the middle;
as, a
median
groove
.
2.
(Zool.)
Situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a bilateral animal into right and left halves; – said of unpaired organs and parts;
as,
median
coverts
.
Median line
.
(a)
(Anat.)
Any line in the mesial plane; specif., either of the lines in which the mesial plane meets the surface of the body.
(b)
(Geom.)
The line drawn from an angle of a triangle to the middle of the opposite side; any line having the nature of a diameter.
Median plane
(Anat.)
,
the mesial plane.
Median point
(Geom.)
,
the point where the three median lines of a triangle mutually intersect.

Me′di-an

,
Noun.
(Geom.)
A median line or point.

Definition 2022


Median

Median

See also: median, médian, medían, and medián

English

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Adjective

Median (not comparable)

  1. Relating to Media or Medes. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.9:
      Lucullus seeing certaine Median men at armes, which were in the front of Tigranes Army, heavily and unweildily armed, as in an iron prison, apprehended thereby an opinion, that he might easily defeat them [].
  2. (obsolete) Of laws, rules etc.: unchanging, invariable. [17th-19th c.]
    • 1835, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘King Pest’:
      ‘This proceeding,’ interposed the president, ‘is by no means in accordance with the terms of the mulct or sentence, which is in its nature Median, and not to be altered or recalled.’
    • 1856, Richard F. Burton, First Footsteps in East Africa, Könemann 2000, p. 50:
      And if you venture to object to these Median laws, – as I am now doing, – you elicit a chorus of disapproval, and acquire some evil name.

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Noun

Median (plural Medians)

  1. a Mede
  2. The northwestern Iranian language of the Medes, attested only by numerous loanwords in Old Persian, few borrowings in Old Armenian and some glosses in Ancient Greek; nothing is known of its grammar.

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German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /meˈdi̯aːn/

Noun

Median m

  1. median (statistics: measure of central tendency)

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median

median

See also: Median, médian, medían, and medián

English

Noun

median (plural medians)

  1. (anatomy, now rare) A central vein or nerve, especially the median vein or median nerve running through the forearm and arm. [from 15th c.]
  2. (geometry) A line segment joining the vertex of triangle to the midpoint of the opposing side.
  3. (statistics) In statistics and probability theory, the median is the number separating the higher half of a data sample, a population, or a probability distribution, from the lower half. The median of a finite list of numbers can be found by arranging all the observations from lowest value to highest value and picking the middle one (e.g., the median of {3, 3, 5, 9, 11} is 5). If there is an even number of observations, then there is no single middle value; the median is then usually defined to be the mean of the two middle values. [from 19th c.]
  4. (US) The median strip; the area separating two lanes of opposite-direction traffic. [from 20th c.]

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Adjective

median (not comparable)

  1. Situated in the middle; central, intermediate. [from 16th c.]
  2. (anatomy, botany) In the middle of an organ, structure etc.; towards the median plane of an organ or limb. [from 16th c.]
  3. (statistics) Having the median as its value. [from 19th c.]

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Esperanto

Adjective

median

  1. accusative singular of media

Finnish

Noun

median

  1. Genitive singular form of media.

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Spanish

Verb

median

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of mediar.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of mediar.

Swedish

Noun

median c

  1. median value

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Inflection of median 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative median medianen medianer medianerna
Genitive medians medianens medianers medianernas

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  • medianvärde