Median meaning

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Relating to, located in, or extending toward the middle.
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The dividing area, either paved or landscaped, between opposing lanes of traffic on some highways.
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(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.]
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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.

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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.

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(anatomy) Of, relating to, or situated in or near the plane that divides a bilaterally symmetrical animal into right and left halves; mesial.
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(statistics) Relating to or constituting the middle value in a distribution.
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A median point, plane, line, or part.
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(statistics) The middle value in a distribution, above and below which lie an equal number of values.
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Middle; intermediate.
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A median number, point, or line.
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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.
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The strip of land separating the lanes of opposing traffic of a divided highway.
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Of Media or its people, language, or culture.
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A Mede.
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The language of the ancient Medes.
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Relating to, located in, or extending toward the middle.
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(anatomy) Relating to or situated in or near the plane that divides a bilaterally symmetrical animal into right and left halves; mesial.
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(statistics) Relating to or constituting the middle value in a distribution.
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A median point, plane, line, or part.
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(statistics) The middle value in a distribution, above and below which lie an equal number of values.
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In a sequence of numbers arranged from smallest to largest:
  • The middle number, when such a sequence has an odd number of values. For example, in the sequence 3, 4, 14, 35, 280, the median is 14.
  • The average of the two middle numbers, when such a sequence has an even number of values. For example, in the sequence 4, 8, 10, 56, the median is 9 (the average of 8 and 10).
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A line joining a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side.
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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.
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(anatomy, now rare) A central vein or nerve, especially the median vein or median nerve running through the forearm and arm. [from 15th c.]
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(US) The median strip; the area separating two lanes of opposite-direction traffic. [from 20th c.]
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Situated in the middle; central, intermediate. [from 16th c.]
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(anatomy, botany) In the middle of an organ, structure etc.; towards the median plane of an organ or limb. [from 16th c.]
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(statistics) Having the median as its value. [from 19th c.]
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Relating to Media or Medes.
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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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Origin of median

  • Latin mediānus from medius middle medhyo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Mede +"Ž -ian.

    From Wiktionary