median

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 also decile, percentile, quartile

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   The middle-ranking value of a set of values laid out in numerical order.
   ► See also Mode.

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median UK US /ˈmiːdiən/ adjective
a median number, value, or amount is in the middle of a series of numbers, values, or amounts: »

Today the median age for marriage in the US is 25 for women and 27 for men.

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median income/earnings/salary

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median/rate/value

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median UK US /ˈmiːdiən/ noun [C]
a number, value, or amount that is in the middle of a series of numbers, values, or amounts: »

Home prices have continued to increase, with the median rising 5.8 percent to $352,874.

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Data from the Institute for Policy Research showed that the median for women's annual earnings was around $32,000, far below the median for men's earnings of $41,300.

See also DECILE(Cf. decile), PERCENTILE(Cf. ↑percentile), QUARTILE(Cf. ↑quartile)
See Note AVERAGE(Cf. ↑average)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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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