The definition of media is the plural of medium, or ways to communicate information.
History of Media
- Newspaper - The first newspaper in America was released in Boston in 1690.
- Radio - Radio, first commercially broadcasted in the U.S. in 1920, provided content and data in a way that was before unheard of. Actors on the radio could tell stories or broadcast serials that listeners would tune in regularly to hear.
- Television - With the 1936 launch of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the public could watch the news for themselves and could be entertained by the pictures and actors.
- Movies - Screen actors became spokespersons for products being bought in grocery stores and department stores.
- Wireless - During the 1990's and 2000s, media began to take on a whole new meaning with the advent of the Internet. The world is now nearly totally wireless. Information - videos, movies, music, pictures, people - can be accessed from anywhere, at anytime, with wireless phones, modems, or computers the size of note pads.
- An example of media are materials used in the fine arts such as paint and clay.
- An example of media is The New Yorker magazine.
- An example of media are CDs and DVDs.
- An example of media are newspapers, television, radio, printed matter, Internet information and advertising.
- Anat. the middle coat of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
Origin of mediaLL, used by Priscian for L littera media, intermediate letter: so named as medial between aspirates and tenuesPhonet., Historical a voiced stop
Origin of mediaModern Latin ; from feminine of Classical Latin medius, middle: see mid
- Linguistics See medial.
- The middle, often muscular layer of the wall of a blood vessel.
Origin of mediaLate Latin, from Latin, feminine of Latin medius, middle; see medium.
Not to be confused with medium.
- plural form of medium
- (often used as uncountable, though such use is proscribed) Means and institutions for publishing and broadcasting information.
- As a result of the rise of, first, television news and entertainment media and, second, web-based media, traditional print-based media has declined in popularity.
- (usually with a definite article; often used as uncountable, though such use is proscribed) The journalists and other professionals who comprise the mass communication industry.
- Some celebrities dislike press conferences, where the media bombards them with questions.
media - Computer Definition
(1) Materials that hold data in any form or that allow data to pass through them, including paper, transparencies, multipart forms, hard, floppy and optical discs, magnetic tape, wire, cable and fiber. Media is the plural of "medium."
(2) Any form of information, including music and movies. May also refer to CDs, DVDs, videotapes and other prerecorded material. See multimedia.
(3) The trade press (magazines, newspapers, etc.). See electronic media.
Variant of medium
nounpl. mediums or media
- something intermediate
- a middle state or degree; mean
- an intervening thing through which a force acts or an effect is produced: copper is a good medium for conducting heat
- pl. media any means, agency, or instrumentality; specif., a means of communication that reaches the general public and carries advertising: in this specif. sense, a singular form (pl.) is now often used
- any surrounding or pervading substance in which bodies exist or move
- a sterilized nutritive mixture, as enriched agar, for cultivating bacteria, viruses, etc.
- pl. mediums☆ a person through whom communications are thought to be sent to the living from spirits of the dead
- any material or technique as used for expression or delineation in art
- a liquid mixed with pigments to give smoothness
Origin of mediumClassical Latin the middle, neuter of medius: see mid
- in a middle position; intermediate in quality, amount, degree, size, etc.
- neither rare nor well-done: said of cooked meat