from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Existing or occurring between; intermediate.
  • adjective Acting as a mediator or an agent between persons or things.
  • noun One that acts as a mediator.
  • noun One that acts as an agent between persons or things; a means.
  • noun An intermediate state or stage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Being or occurring between; having an intermediate position or action: as, an intermediary process.
  • noun One who or that which interposes or is intermediate; an intermediate agent; a go-between.
  • noun Same as nerve of Wrisberg (which see, under nerve).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, is intermediate; an interagent; a go-between; a mediator.
  • adjective Lying, coming, or done, between; intermediate.
  • adjective (Surg.) an amputation for injury, performed after inflammation has set in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Intermediate.
  • noun An agent acting as a mediator between sides that may disagree.
  • noun One or several stages of an event which occurs after the start and before the end.

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

  • noun a negotiator who acts as a link between parties


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

[Probably French intermédiaire, from Late Latin intermedius, intermediate; see intermediate.]


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