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Definition the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values)

The median of 2,4,7,7 is 5.5.

More generally, median can refer to the middle of something such as a road or animal.
  • median household income
  • median home cost in Los Angeles
  • There was that consistent increase of moisture at median altitudes, and in certain winds.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The freeway picks up strange reflections in the rain from oncoming lights across the median.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Dawson stepped from the road onto the narrow gravel median beside it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • He had on a black fright mask with thick, handpainted median-gray streaks.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Suddenly many grandparents received a significant cash infusion (topping out at $3 per day, or twice the local median income).
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Your median student in those studies comes from a family making over a hundred thousand dollars, and that's in nineteen ninety dollars," Cohen says.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • All the cars were going off to the median, heading around something.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • We went off the road and slid into the grassy median.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • In the median, palm trees rustled past.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He stepped out of his canoe and walked up to a man, a soldier of some kind, standing on the grassy median—New Orleanians called it the neutral ground.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He was on foot, walking down the center of the median, his backpack over one shoulder, earphones on.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Fifty-six percent of the users were men, and the median age range for all users was twenty-one to thirty-five.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The Volvo careened up an inclined median, and Katherine could feel her neck about to give way beneath his weight.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • We reached the point where the concrete barrier gives way to a twenty-yard stretch of landscaped median no higher than a curbstone.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Because the median age of our readers is fifty-plus, and the growth in readers in their twenties is almost zero.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • A truck sped past, leaving a blast of dust in its wake, and Katie moved onto the sandy median.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • The median was covered in grass, burnt and struggling, kept alive by a pair of men in red jumpsuits who were watering it with a hose.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • THERE ARE THREE OF THEM, not in a clump like city folk, but spaced out in the median strip.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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