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


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

Middle English, from Medieval Latin intermediātus, from Late Latin intermedius : Latin inter-, inter- + Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.

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From Medieval Latin intermediatus, past participle of intermediare, from inter + Late Latin mediare ("to mediate"); also Latin intermedius


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