Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lying or occurring between two extremes or in a middle position or state: an aircraft having an intermediate range; an intermediate school.
  • n. One that is in a middle position or state.
  • n. An intermediary.
  • n. Chemistry A substance formed as a necessary stage in the manufacture of a desired end product.
  • n. An automobile that is smaller than a full-sized model but larger than a compact.
  • intransitive v. To act as an intermediary; mediate.
  • intransitive v. To intervene.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range.
  • n. Anything in an intermediate position.
  • n. An intermediary.
  • n. Any substance formed as part of a series of chemical reactions that is not the end-product.
  • v. to mediate, to be an intermediate
  • v. to arrange, in the manner of a broker

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lying or being in the middle place or degree, or between two extremes; coming or done between; intervening; interposed; interjacent
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an intermediate school.
  • n. A person who intermediates between others, especially in negotiations; an intermediary; a mediator.
  • n. Something that is intermediate.
  • n. A compound which is produced in the course of a chemical synthesis, which is not itself the final product, but is used in further reactions which produce the final product; also called synthetic intermediate, intermediate compound or intermediate product; -- contrasted to starting material and end product or final product. There may be many different intermediates between the starting material and end product in the course of a complex synthesis.
  • intransitive v. To come between; to intervene; to interpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act intermediately; intervene; interpose.
  • Situated between two extremes; coming between, in either position or degree; intervening; interposed: generally followed by between when the extremes are mentioned: as, an intermediate space; intermediate obstacles.
  • n. In mathematics, a syzygetic function: thus, if U and V are quantics of the same order, and if λ and μ are indeterminate constants, λU + μV is an intermediate of U and V.
  • n. An intermediary.
  • In musical notation, of sharps or flats, accidental; not in the signature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a substance formed during a chemical process before the desired product is obtained
  • adj. around the middle of a scale of evaluation
  • v. act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
  • adj. lying between two extremes in time or space or state

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin intermediātus, from Late Latin intermedius : Latin inter-, inter- + Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin intermediatus, past participle of intermediare, from inter + Late Latin mediare ("to mediate"); also Latin intermedius (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Robert Stovall, managing director of Wood Asset Management, tells Wallace Forbes about ways to invest in what he calls the intermediate term, cyclical bull market that we're in.

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  • If there were only one term intermediate between E and F (viz. that the circle is made equal to a rectilinear figure by the help of lunules), we should be near to knowledge.

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  • Huxley made the most careful distinction between what he called intermediate types and types with a right to be placed in linear order,

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  • But there is another question in your last letter -- one about which a person can only give an impression -- and my impression is that, speaking of plants of a well-known flora, what we call intermediate varieties are generally less numerous in individuals than the two states which they connect.

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  • He has written two popular college-level textbooks: one in intermediate macroeconomics and the more famous Principles of Economics.

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  • This is why you see so much castle-medieval-fantasy in intermediate short stories, the conventions are part of the culture so we don't need a lot of explanation to grasp the story.

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  • Investors further from retirement or who will not need the money for several years could invest in intermediate term bonds with the understanding that the value of the holdings will be reduced if interest rates rise.

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  • With a capacity of eight beds in the ICU, and twenty in what was called the intermediate care ward, we could hold twenty-eight, with a special lying-room-only section for overflow crowds if necessary.

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  • Instead we should focus on coming up with a long-term intermediate agreement, something that could take a few decades.

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