Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Meddlesome adjective Given to meddling; apt to interpose in the affairs of others; officiously intrusive. -- Med"dle*some*ness , noun

Meddling adjective Meddlesome. Macaulay.

Meddlingly adverb In a meddling manner.

Mede noun A native or inhabitant of Media in Asia.

Mede noun See lst & 2d Mead , and Meed . [ Obsolete]

Media noun , plural of Medium .

Media noun ; plural Mediæ (-ē). [ New Latin , from Latin medius middle.] (Phonetics) One of the sonant mutes β, δ, γ ( b , d , g ), in Greek, or of their equivalents in other languages, so named as intermediate between the tenues , π, τ, κ ( p , t , k ), and the aspiratæ (aspirates) φ, θ, χ ( ph or f , th , ch ). Also called middle mute , or medial , and sometimes soft mute .

Mediacy noun The state or quality of being mediate. Sir W. Hamilton.

Medial adjective [ Latin medialis , from medius middle: confer French médial . See Middle .] Of or pertaining to a mean or average; mean; as, medial alligation.

Medial noun (Phonetics) See 2d Media .

Medialuna noun [ Spanish media luna half-moon.] (Zoology) See Half- moon .

Median adjective [ Latin medianus , from medius middle. See Medial .]
1. Being in the middle; running through the middle; as, a median groove.

2. (Zoology) Situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a bilateral animal into right and left halves; -- said of unpaired organs and parts; as, median coverts.

Median line . (a) (Anat.) Any line in the mesial plane; specif., either of the lines in which the mesial plane meets the surface of the body. (b) (Geom.) The line drawn from an angle of a triangle to the middle of the opposite side; any line having the nature of a diameter. -- Median plane (Anat.) , the mesial plane. -- Median point (Geom.) , the point where the three median lines of a triangle mutually intersect.

Median noun (Geom.) A median line or point.

Mediant noun [ Latin medians , past participle of mediare to halve: confer Italian mediante , French médiante .] (Mus.) The third above the keynote; -- so called because it divides the interval between the tonic and dominant into two thirds.

Mediastinal adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to a mediastinum.

Mediastine Me`di*as*ti"num noun [ New Latin mediastinum , from Latin medius middle; confer mediastinus helper, a menial servant, Late Latin mediastinus equiv. to medius : cf French médiastin .] (Anat.) A partition; a septum; specifically, the folds of the pleura (and the space included between them) which divide the thorax into a right and left cavity. The space included between these folds of the pleura, called the mediastinal space , contains the heart and gives passage to the esophagus and great blood vessels.

Mediate adjective [ Latin mediatus , past participle of mediare , transitive verb , to halve, intransitive verb , to be in the middle. See Mid , and confer Moiety .]
1. Being between the two extremes; middle; interposed; intervening; intermediate. Prior.

2. Acting by means, or by an intervening cause or instrument; not direct or immediate; acting or suffering through an intervening agent or condition.

3. Gained or effected by a medium or condition. Bacon.

An act of mediate knowledge is complex.
Sir W. Hamilton.

Mediate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mediated ; present participle & verbal noun Mediating .] [ Late Latin mediatus , past participle of mediare to mediate. See Mediate , adjective ]


1. To be in the middle, or between two; to intervene. [ R.]

2. To interpose between parties, as the equal friend of each, esp. for the purpose of effecting a reconciliation or agreement; as, to mediate between nations.

Mediate transitive verb
1. To effect by mediation or interposition; to bring about as a mediator, instrument, or means; as, to mediate a peace.

2. To divide into two equal parts. [ R.] Holder.

Mediately adverb In a mediate manner; by a secondary cause or agent; not directly or primarily; by means; -- opposed to immediately .

God worketh all things amongst us mediately .
Sir W. Raleigh.

The king grants a manor to A, and A grants a portion of it to B. In this case. B holds his lands immediately of A, but mediately of the king.
Blakstone.

Mediateness noun The state of being mediate.

Mediation noun [ Middle English mediacioun , French médiation . See Mediate , adjective ]
1. The act of mediating; action or relation of anything interposed; action as a necessary condition, means, or instrument; interposition; intervention.

The soul [ acts] by the mediation of these passions.
South.

2. Hence, specifically, agency between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them; entreaty for another; intercession. Bacon.

Mediative adjective Pertaining to mediation; used in mediation; as, mediative efforts. Beaconsfield.

Mediatization noun [ Confer French médiatisation .] The act of mediatizing.

Mediatize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mediatized ; present participle & verbal noun Mediatizing .] [ Confer French médiatiser .] To cause to act through an agent or to hold a subordinate position; to annex; -- specifically applied to the annexation during the former German empire of a smaller German state to a larger, while allowing it a nominal sovereignty, and its prince his rank.

The misfortune of being a mediatized prince.
Beaconsfield.

Mediator noun [ Latin mediator : confer English médiateur .] One who mediates; especially, one who interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them; hence, an intercessor.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
1 Tim. ii. 5.

Mediatorial adjective Of or pertaining to a mediator, or to mediation; mediatory; as, a mediatorial office. -- Me`di*a*to"ri*al*ly , adverb

My measures were . . . healing and mediatorial .
Burke.

Mediatorship noun The office or character of a mediator.

Mediatory adjective Mediatorial.

Mediatress, Mediatrix noun [ Latin mediatrix , f. of mediator : confer French médiatrice .] A female mediator.

Medic noun [ Latin medica , Greek ... (sc. ...) a kind of clover introduced from Media , from ... Median.] (Botany) A leguminous plant of the genus Medicago . The black medic is the Medicago lupulina ; the purple medic, or lucern, is M. sativa .

Medic adjective [ Latin medicus .] Medical. [ R.]

Medicable adjective [ Latin medicabilis , from medicare , medicari , to heal, from medicus physician. See Medical .] Capable of being medicated; admitting of being cured or healed.

Medical adjective [ Late Latin medicalis , Latin medicus belonging to healing, from mederi to heal; confer Zend madha medical science, wisdom, Greek ... to learn, English mind : confer French médical .]


1. Of, pertaining to, or having to do with, the art of healing disease, or the science of medicine; as, the medical profession; medical services; a medical dictionary; medical jurisprudence.

2. Containing medicine; used in medicine; medicinal; as, the medical properties of a plant.

Medically adverb In a medical manner; with reference to healing, or to the principles of the healing art.

Medicament noun [ Latin medicamentum , from medicare , medicari , to heal: confer French médicament . See Medicable .] Anything used for healing diseases or wounds; a medicine; a healing application.

Medicamental adjective Of or pertaining to medicaments or healing applications; having the qualities of medicaments. -- Med`ica*men"tal*ly , adverb

Medicaster noun [ Confer French médicastre . See Medical .] A quack. [ R.] Whitlock.

Medicate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Medicated ; present participle & verbal noun Medicating .] [ Latin medicatus , past participle of medicare , medicari . See Medicable .]


1. To tincture or impregnate with anything medicinal; to drug. " Medicated waters." Arbuthnot.

2. To treat with medicine.

Medication [ Latin medicatio : confer French médication .] The act or process of medicating.

Medicative adjective Medicinal; acting like a medicine.

Medicean adjective Of or relating to the Medici, a noted Italian family; as, the Medicean Venus.

Medicean planets (Astron.) , a name given by Galileo to the satellites of Jupiter.

Medicinable adjective Medicinal; having the power of healing. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Medicinal adjective [ Latin medicinalis : confer French médicinal . See Medicine .]
1. Having curative or palliative properties; used for the cure or alleviation of bodily disorders; as, medicinal tinctures, plants, or springs.

Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum.
Shak.

2. Of or pertaining to medicine; medical.

Medicinally adverb In a medicinal manner.

Mediæval adjective [ Latin medius middle + aevum age. See Middle , and Age .] Of or relating to the Middle Ages; as, mediæval architecture. [ Written also medieval .]

Mediævalism noun The method or spirit of the Middle Ages; devotion to the institutions and practices of the Middle Ages; a survival from the Middle Ages. [ Written also medievalism .]

Mediævalist noun One who has a taste for, or is versed in, the history of the Middle Ages; one in sympathy with the spirit or forms of the Middle Ages. [ Written also medievalist .]

Mediævally adverb In the manner of the Middle Ages; in accordance with mediævalism.

Mediævals noun plural The people who lived in the Middle Ages. Ruskin.