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Definition: media


(1) See social media.

(2) Materials that hold data in any form or that allow data to pass through them. Media includes paper, transparencies, multipart forms, hard drives, solid state drives (SSDs), optical discs, magnetic tape, wire, cable and fiber. Media is the plural of "medium."

(3) Prerecorded information. Media may refer to material on CDs, DVDs and videotapes. See multimedia.

(4) The trade press. Media may refer to magazines, newspapers and websites that disseminate the news. See electronic media.