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media1

[mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/
noun
1.
a plural of medium.
2.
(usually used with a plural verb) the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, and magazines, that reach or influence people widely:
The media are covering the speech tonight.
adjective
3.
pertaining to or concerned with such means:
a job in media research.
Usage note
Media, like data, is the plural form of a word borrowed directly from Latin. The singular, medium, early developed the meaning “an intervening agency, means, or instrument” and was first applied to newspapers two centuries ago. In the 1920s media began to appear as a singular collective noun, sometimes with the plural medias. This singular use is now common in the fields of mass communication and advertising, but it is not frequently found outside them: The media is (or are) not antibusiness.

media2

[mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/
noun, plural mediae
[mee-dee-ee] /ˈmi diˌi/ (Show IPA)
1.
Greek Grammar. a voiced plosive, as β, δ, γ.
2.
Anatomy. the middle layer of an artery or lymphatic vessel.
3.
Entomology. a longitudinal vein in the middle portion of the wing of an insect.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Late Latin (grammar sense only), noun use of feminine singular of Latin medius central, mid1

Media

[mee-dee-uh] /ˈmi di ə/
noun
1.
an ancient country in W Asia, S of the Caspian Sea, corresponding generally to NW Iran.
Capital: Ecbatana.

in medias res

[in me-di-ahs res; English in mee-dee-uh s reez, in mey-dee-ahs reys] /ɪn ˈmɛ dɪˌɑs ˈrɛs; English ɪn ˈmi diˌəs ˈriz, ɪn ˈmeɪ diˌɑs ˈreɪs/
Latin.
1.
in the middle of things.
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British Dictionary definitions for medias

in medias res

/ɪn ˈmiːdɪˌæs ˈreɪs/
uknown
1.
in or into the middle of events or a narrative
Word Origin
literally: into the midst of things, taken from a passage in Horace's Ars Poetica

media1

/ˈmiːdɪə/
noun
1.
a plural of medium
2.
the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
adjective
3.
of or relating to the mass media: media hype
Usage note
When media refers to the mass media, it is sometimes treated as a singular form, as in: the media has shown great interest in these events. Many people think this use is incorrect and that media should always be treated as a plural form: the media have shown great interest in these events

media2

/ˈmɛdɪə/
noun (pl) -diae (-dɪˌiː)
1.
the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
2.
one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
3.
(phonetics)
  1. a consonant whose articulation lies midway between that of a voiced and breathed speech sound
  2. a consonant pronounced with weak voice, as c in French second
Word Origin
C19: from Latin medius middle

Media

/ˈmiːdɪə/
noun
1.
an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran
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Word Origin and History for medias

media

n.

"newspapers, radio, TV, etc." 1927, perhaps abstracted from mass media (1923, a technical term in advertising), plural of medium, on notion of "intermediate agency," a sense found in that word in English from c.1600.

in medias res

Latin, literally "in the midst of things" (see medium).

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medias in Medicine

media me·di·a1 (mē'dē-ə)
n.
A plural of medium.

media 2
n.
The tunica media.

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medias in Culture
in medias res [(in may-dee-uhs, mee-dee-uhs rays)]

In the middle of the action. Epics often begin in medias res. For example, the Odyssey, which tells the story of the wanderings of the hero Odysseus, begins almost at the end of his wanderings, just before his arrival home. In medias res is a Latin phrase used by the poet Horace; it means “in the middle of things.”

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medias in the Bible

Heb. Madai, which is rendered in the Authorized Version (1) "Madai," Gen. 10:2; (2) "Medes," 2 Kings 17:6; 18:11; (3) "Media," Esther 1:3; 10:2; Isa. 21:2; Dan. 8:20; (4) "Mede," only in Dan. 11:1. We first hear of this people in the Assyrian cuneiform records, under the name of Amada, about B.C. 840. They appear to have been a branch of the Aryans, who came from the east bank of the Indus, and were probably the predominant race for a while in the Mesopotamian valley. They consisted for three or four centuries of a number of tribes, each ruled by its own chief, who at length were brought under the Assyrian yoke (2 Kings 17:6). From this subjection they achieved deliverance, and formed themselves into an empire under Cyaxares (B.C. 633). This monarch entered into an alliance with the king of Babylon, and invaded Assyria, capturing and destroying the city of Nineveh (B.C. 625), thus putting an end to the Assyrian monarchy (Nah. 1:8; 2:5,6; 3:13, 14). Media now rose to a place of great power, vastly extending its boundaries. But it did not long exist as an independent kingdom. It rose with Cyaxares, its first king, and it passed away with him; for during the reign of his son and successor Astyages, the Persians waged war against the Medes and conquered them, the two nations being united under one monarch, Cyrus the Persian (B.C. 558). The "cities of the Medes" are first mentioned in connection with the deportation of the Israelites on the destruction of Samaria (2 Kings 17:6; 18:11). Soon afterwards Isaiah (13:17; 21:2) speaks of the part taken by the Medes in the destruction of Babylon (comp. Jer. 51:11, 28). Daniel gives an account of the reign of Darius the Mede, who was made viceroy by Cyrus (Dan. 6:1-28). The decree of Cyrus, Ezra informs us (6:2-5), was found in "the palace that is in the province of the Medes," Achmetha or Ecbatana of the Greeks, which is the only Median city mentioned in Scripture.

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Encyclopedia Article for medias

in medias res

in narrative technique, the recommended practice of beginning an epic or other fictional form by plunging into a crucial situation that is part of a related chain of events; the situation is an extension of previous events and will be developed in later action. The narrative then goes directly forward, and exposition of earlier events is supplied by flashbacks. The principle is based on the practice of Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. The Iliad, for example, begins dramatically with the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon during the Trojan War. The Latin poet and critic Horace has pointed out the immediate interest created by this opening in contrast to beginning the story ab ovo ("from the egg")-i.e., from the birth of Achilles

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