median
I. noun Etymology: Middle English mediane, from Late Latin mediana (vena) median (vein), from feminine of Latin medianus in the middle, central, from medius middle — more at mid Date: 15th century 1. a medial part (as a vein or nerve) 2. a. a value in an ordered set of values below and above which there is an equal number of values or which is the arithmetic mean of the two middle values if there is no one middle number b. a vertical line that divides the histogram of a frequency distribution into two parts of equal area c. a value of a random variable for which all greater values make the cumulative distribution function greater than one half and all lesser values make it less than one half 3. a. a line from a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side b. a line joining the midpoints of the nonparallel sides of a trapezoid 4. median strip Synonyms: see average II. adjective Etymology: Latin medianus Date: 1592 1. being in the middle or in an intermediate position ; medial 2. lying in the plane dividing a bilateral animal into right and left halves 3. relating to or constituting a statistical median 4. produced without occlusion along the lengthwise middle line of the tongue • medianly adverb

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  • médian — médian, iane [ medjɑ̃, jan ] adj. et n. f. • 1550 « demi »; médiantXIVe; lat. medianus I ♦ Adj. (1560 anat.; autres emplois 1812) 1 ♦ Qui est situé, placé au milieu. Ligne médiane, plan médian. Anat. Veines, artères médianes. Vermis médian.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • median — me‧di‧an [ˈmiːdiən] adjective [only before a noun] STATISTICS the median number is the middle one in a series of numbers, arranged in order: • The median sales price fell 1.4% from October. • Median household income fell by 1.9% last year. see… …   Financial and business terms

  • median — MEDIÁN, Ă, mediani, e, adj. Care se află la mijloc; medial. ♦ Situat la mijlocul unei figuri geometrice. ♦ (Substantivat, f.) Fiecare dintre dreptele care unesc un vârf al unui triunghi cu mijlocul laturii opuse vârfului. ♦ (Substantivat, f.)… …   Dicționar Român

  • Median — Me di*an (m[=e] d[i^]*an), a. [L. medianus, fr. medius middle. See {Medial}.] 1. Being in the middle; running through the middle; as, a median groove. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Situated in the middle; lying in a plane dividing a bilateral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Median — Mediān, ein aus dem Lat. medianus entlehntes und nur in einigen Zusammensetzungen übliches Wort, etwas zu bezeichnen, welches theils in der Mitte zwischen andern Dingen, theils aber auch von mittlern Größe ist, d.i. zwar größer als gewöhnlich,… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • médian — médian, ane (mé di an, a n ) adj. 1°   Terme d anatomie. Qui est au milieu.    Ligne médiane, ligne verticale qu on suppose partager longitudinalement le corps en deux parties égales et symétriques.    Veines médianes, nom donné à trois veines… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • median — index average (midmost), central (situated near center), intermediate, mesne, norm Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • median — [mē′dē ən] adj. [L medianus < medius, middle: see MID1] 1. middle; intermediate a) designating a line extending from a vertex of a triangle to the middle of the opposite side b) designating a line joining the midpoints of the nonparallel sides …   English World dictionary

  • Median — Me di*an, n. (Geom.) A median line or point. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • median# — median n *average, mean, norm, par median adj average, mean, par (see under AVERAGE n) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • median — ► ADJECTIVE 1) technical situated in the middle. 2) referring to the middle term (or mean of the middle two terms) of a series of values arranged in order of magnitude. ► NOUN 1) a median value. 2) Geometry a straight line drawn from one of the… …   English terms dictionary

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