Dictionary: MED'IC-A-TED – MED'LAR

a | b | c | d | e | f | g | h | i | j | k | l | m | n | o | p | q | r | s | t | u | v | w | x | y | z |



  1. Prepared or furnished with any thing medicinal.
  2. Treated with medicine.


  1. Impregnating with medical substances; preparing with any thing medicinal.
  2. Treating with medicine.


  1. The act or process of impregnating with medicinal substances; the infusion of medicinal virtues. – Bacon.
  2. The use of medicine. – Brown.


Curing; tending to cure.


Having the properties of medicine; medicinal. [The latter is the word now used.] – Bacon. Wotton.

ME-DIC'IN-AL, a. [L. medicinalis.]

  1. Having the property of healing or of mitigating disease; adapted to the cure or alleviation of bodily disorders; as, medicinal plants; medicinal virtues of minerals; medicinal springs. The waters of Saratoga and Ballston are remarkably medicinal.
  2. Pertaining to medicine; as, medicinal days or hours. Quincy.


  1. In the manner of medicine; with medicinal qualities.
  2. With a view to healing; as, to use a mineral medicinally

MED'I-CINE, n. [L. medicina, from medeor, to cure; vulgarly and improperly pronounced med'sn.]

  1. Any substance, liquid or solid, that has the property of curing or mitigating disease in animals, or that is used for that purpose. Simples, plants and minerals furnish most of our medicines. Even poisons used with judgment and in moderation, are safe and efficacious medicines. Medicines are internal or external, simple or compound.
  2. The art of preventing, curing, or alleviating the diseases of the human body. Hence we say, the study of medicine or a student of medicine.
  3. In the French sense, a physician. [Not in use.] Shak.

MED'I-CINE, v.t.

To affect or operate on as medicine. [Not used.] Shak.

ME-DI'E-TY, n. [Fr. medieté; L. medietas; from L. medius, middle.]

The middle state or part; half; moiety. [Little used.] Brown.

ME-DI-E'VAL, a. [L. medias and ævus.]

Relating to the middle ages.

ME'DIN, n.

A small coin.

ME'DI-O-CRAL, a. [L. mediocris.]

Being of a middle quality; indifferent; ordinary; as, mediocral intellect. [Rare.] Addison.

ME'DI-O-CRE, a. [medioker.]

Middling. [Obs.]


A person of middling abilities. [Not used.] Swift.

ME-DI-OC'RI-TY, n. [L. mediocritas, from mediocris, middling; medius, middle.]

  1. A middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate. A mediocrity of condition is most favorable to morals and happiness. A mediocrity of talents well employed will generally ensure respectability. Men of age seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. Bacon.
  2. Moderation; temperance. We owe obedience to the law of reason, which teacheth mediocrity in meats and drinks. Hooker.

MED'I-TATE, v.i. [L. meditor; Sp. meditar; Fr. mediter.]

  1. To dwell on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind; appropriately but not exclusively used of pious contemplation, or a consideration of the great truths of religion. His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Ps. i.
  2. To intend; to have in contemplation. I meditate to pass the remainder of life in a state of undisturbed repose. Washington.

MED'I-TATE, v.t.

  1. To plan by revolving in the mind; to contrive; to intend. Some affirmed that I meditated a war. King Charles.
  2. To think on; to revolve in the mind. Blessed is the man that doth meditate good things. Ecclus.


Planned; contrived.


Revolving in the mind; contemplating; contriving.

MED-I-TA'TION, n. [L. meditatio.]

Close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Ps. xix.


  1. Addicted to meditation. Ainsworth.
  2. Expressing meditation or design. Johnson.

MED-I-TER-RANE, or MED-I-TER-RA'NE-AN, a. [or MED-I-TER-RA'NE-OUS; L. medius, middle, and terra, land.]

  1. Inclosed or nearly inclosed with land; as, the Mediterranean sea, between Europe and Africa. [Mediterrane is not used.]
  2. Inland; remote from the ocean or sea; as, mediterraneous mountains. Burnet.

ME'DI-UM, n. [plur. Mediums; media not being generally, though sometimes used; L.]

  1. In philosophy, the space or substance through which a body moves or passes to any point. Thus ether is supposed to be the medium through which the planets move; air is the medium through which bodies move near the earth; water the medium in which fishes live and move; glass a medium through which light passes; and we speak of a resisting medium, a refracting medium, a refracting medium, &c.
  2. In logic the mean or middle term of a syllogism, or the middle term in an argument, being the reason why a thing is affirmed or denied. Nothing can be honorable that violates moral principle. / Dueling violates moral principle. / Therefore dueling is not honorable. / Here the second term is the medium, mean, or middle term.
  3. Arithmetical medium, that which is equally distant from each extreme, or which exceeds the lesser extreme as much as it is exceeded by the greater, in respect of quantity, not of proportion. Thus, 9 is a medium between 6 and 12.
  4. Geometrical medium, is that wherein the same ratio is preserved between the first and second terms, as between the second and third. Thus, 6 is a geometrical medium between 4 and 9. Encyc. In the three last senses or applications, mean is more generally used for medium.
  5. The means or instrument by which any thing is accomplished, conveyed or carried on. Thus money is the medium of commerce; coin is the common medium of trade among all civilized nations, but wampum is the medium of trade among the Indian tribes, and bills of credit or bank notes are often used as mediums of trade in the place of gold and silver. Intelligence is communicated through the medium of the press.
  6. The middle place or degree; the mean. The just medium of this case lies between pride and abjection. L'Estrange.
  7. A kind of printing paper of middle size.

MED'LAR, n. [Sax. mæd; L. mespilus.]

A tree of the genus Mespilus; also, the fruit of the tree. The German or common medlar is cultivated in gardens for its fruit. Encyc.