from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The middle finger; the third digit, or that which corresponds to it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The third or middle finger; the third digit, or that which corresponds to it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music: In Gregorian music, an inflection, modulation, or deviation from monotone, used to mark a partial break in the text, as at the end of a clause. It consists of a downward step of a minor third. See accent, 8.
  • n. A tenor or alto voice or voice-part; a mean.


New Latin, from Latin medius ("middle"). See medium. (Wiktionary)


  • "medius" cliff: and the whole work is so arranged as to suit the library of the musical student, and to be fit for use in the Choir.

    Notes and Queries, Number 16, February 16, 1850

  • Because the hip muscles, specifically the gluteus medius, minimus and maximus stabilize the leg during gait, poor strength or conditioning of these muscles results in excessive stress at and below the knee.

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  • The stylopharyngeus, constrictor pharyngis superior, c.p. medius and c.p. inferior make up the muscles of the pharynx.

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  • The modern Italian does the same by inserting the thumb-tip between the index and medius to suggest the clitoris.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Faut is the interval-between every finger, Ratab between index and medius, and Atab between medius and annularis.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then they call for repeatedly moving an isolated body part or an obscure muscle -- such as the gluteus medius -- in an unnatural way.

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  • For the medius terminus being to join the extremes, i.e. the intermediate ideas, by its intervention, to show the agreement or disagreement of the two in question, would not the position of the medius terminus be more natural, and show the agreement or disagreement of the extremes clearer and better, if it were placed in the middle between them?

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Which might be easily done by transposing the propositions, and making the medius terminus the predicate of the first, and the subject of the second.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • For to make use again of the former instance, I ask whether the mind, considering the idea of justice, placed as an intermediate idea between the punishment of men and the guilt of the punished, (and till it does so consider it, the mind cannot make use of it as a medius terminus,) does not as plainly see the force and strength of the inference as when it is formed into a syllogism.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Prospera in adversis desidero, et adversa prosperis timeo, quis inter haec medius locus, ubi non fit humanae vitae tentatio?

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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