- The definition of median is something in the middle or midpoint.
When something is scheduled to last for two months, one month is an example of the median timeframe.
- The median is defined as the middle of a range of values.
An example of median is the number 50, which is the middle of the range of the values 1-100.
- middle; intermediate
- designating a line extending from a vertex of a triangle to the middle of the opposite side
- designating a line joining the midpoints of the nonparallel sides of a trapezoid
- designating the plane that divides a body or part into symmetrical parts
- situated in this plane
- designating the middle number in a series containing an odd number of items (Ex.: 7 in the series 1, 4, 7, 16, 43)
- designating the number midway between the two middle numbers in a series containing an even number of items (Ex.: 10 in the series 3, 4, 8, 12, 46, 72)
Origin of medianClassical Latin medianus ; from medius, middle: see mid
- a median number, point, or line
- an artery, vein, nerve, etc. in the middle of the body or along the imaginary plane that bisects the body into the right and left halves
- ☆ the strip of land separating the lanes of opposing traffic of a divided highwayin full median strip
- a Mede
- the language of the ancient Medes
- Relating to, located in, or extending toward the middle.
- Anatomy Of, relating to, or situated in or near the plane that divides a bilaterally symmetrical animal into right and left halves; mesial.
- Statistics Relating to or constituting the middle value in a distribution.
- A median point, plane, line, or part.
- The dividing area, either paved or landscaped, between opposing lanes of traffic on some highways. Also called regionally boulevard, mall, median strip, meridian, neutral ground.
- Statistics The middle value in a distribution, above and below which lie an equal number of values.
- Mathematics a. A line that joins a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side.b. The line that joins the midpoints of the nonparallel sides of a trapezoid.
Origin of medianLatin mediānus, from medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
top:three medians of a triangle and the median of a trapezoid
bottom: highway median
- (anatomy, now rare) A central vein or nerve, especially the median vein or median nerve running through the forearm and arm. [from 15th c.]
- (statistics) The quantity or value at the midpoint of a set of values, such that the variable is equally likely to fall above or below it; the middle value of a discrete series arranged in magnitude (the mean of the middle two terms when there is an even number of terms). [from 19th c.]
- (US) The median strip; the area separating two lanes of opposite-direction traffic. [from 20th c.]
From Middle French median, from Latin medianus (“of or pertaining to the middle”, adjective), from medius (“middle”) (see medium), from Proto-Indo-European *medhy- (“middle”). Cognate with Old English midde, middel (“middle”). More at middle.
- Relating to Media or Medes.
median - Investment & Finance Definition
The middle number in a series of numbers. To find the median, first arrange the numbers from the smallest to the largest. If the number of items is odd, the median is the number that is in the middle of the series. If the number of items is even, the median is the average of the two middle numbers. For example, the median of the odd-numbered series of 2, 5, 7, 9 and 12 is 7. The median of the even-numbered series of 1, 6, 8 and 15 is 7.