from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to, situated in, or extending toward the middle; median.
- adj. Linguistics Being a sound, syllable, or letter occurring between the initial and final positions in a word or morpheme.
- adj. Mathematics Being or relating to an average or a mean.
- adj. Average; ordinary.
- n. Linguistics A voiced stop, such as (b), (d), or (g). Also called media2.
- n. Linguistics A sound, letter, or form of a letter that is neither initial nor final.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to a mean or average.
- adj. Pertaining to the inside; closer to the midline.
- n. One or more letters that occur in the middle of a word.
- n. Any of various things that occur in the middle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a mean or average; mean.
- n. See 2d media.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the middle; situated or existing between two extremities or extremes; intermediate in situation, rank, or degree: as, the medial letters of a word; a medial mark on an insect's wing.
- Mean: pertaining to a mean or average.
- In modern spiritualism, pertaining to a medium or to mediumship; mediumistic: as, medial faculties; medial phenomena.
- In zoology and anatomy, same as median and mesal.
- In botany, same as median.
- In modern music, a cadence, final or not, in which the next to the last chord is inverted; an inverted cadence.
- n. In Gr. grammar, one of the mutes
β, γ, δ, as if intermediate in sound between the surd mutes π, κ, τand the aspirates φ, χ, θ. The term medial (Latin media) translates the technical Greek μέσον, sc. α%27φωνον, middle mute.
- n. In entomology, same as median vein (which see, under median).
- n. In geometry, same as median, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. dividing an animal into right and left halves
- adj. relating to or situated in or extending toward the middle
Late Latin mediālis, from Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mediālis. (Wiktionary)