I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I expressed the durations of heat waves > 8hrs as long-lived events and 1-4hrs as short-lived events. I can't find a appropiated word to express 5-7hr events. Though moderated events sounds nice, but it is missing the live portion.

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    I don't think an event can be long-lived or short-lived in the first place. It can be long or short. But not long-lived. That makes no sense. Long, short, and then medium or any synonym offered by a thesaurus of your liking.
    – RegDwigнt
    Aug 5, 2015 at 9:08
  • You may be right @RegDwigнt. But many research papers have used such words in this context, thinking that the events last for few hours and then disapears.
    – Kay
    Aug 5, 2015 at 9:11
  • The problem is that long- and short-lived are idiomatic phrases with a long history. The nearest I can suggest is "medium-lived." The word 'moderated' doesn't fit at all. It sounds as though you are controlling the event. Aug 5, 2015 at 9:16
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    Hi @Kayan and welcome to ELU. I think you would probably be better off using short-term, medium-term and long-term events. You will find definitions for these words in online dictionaries. Aug 5, 2015 at 9:52
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    Or short/medium/long duration.
    – stevesliva
    Aug 6, 2015 at 0:30

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You could perhaps use mid-lengthed or medium-lengthed event.

  • Too little for editing, but it should be mid-length or medium-length...
    – W9WBH
    Aug 6, 2015 at 6:22

I proffer - Intermediate (events)

The word intermediate comes from the Latin intermediatus, tracing back to intermedius, which combines inter-, meaning “between” and medius, meaning “middle.” So you can see that intermediate describes something or someone in the middle, between two distinct phases.


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