|average (ˈævərɪdʒ, ˈævrɪdʒ)|
|1.||the typical or normal amount, quality, degree, etc: above average in intelligence|
|2.||Also called: arithmetic mean the result obtained by adding the numbers or quantities in a set and dividing the total by the number of members in the set: the average of 3, 4, and 8 is 5|
|3.||(of a continuously variable ratio, such as speed) the quotient of the differences between the initial and final values of the two quantities that make up the ratio: his average over the journey was 30 miles per hour|
|a. a loss incurred or damage suffered by a ship or its cargo at sea|
|b. the equitable apportionment of such loss among the interested parties|
|5.||(often plural) stock exchange a simple or weighted average of the prices of a selected group of securities computed in order to facilitate market comparisons|
|6.||on average, on the average, on an average usually; typically: on average, he goes twice a week|
|7.||usual or typical|
|8.||mediocre or inferior: his performance was only average|
|9.||constituting a numerical average: the average age; an average speed|
|10.||approximately typical of a range of values: the average contents of a matchbox|
|11.||(tr) to obtain or estimate a numerical average of|
|12.||(tr) to assess the general quality of|
|13.||(tr) to perform or receive a typical number of: to average eight hours' work a day|
|14.||(tr) to divide up proportionately: they averaged the profits among the staff|
|15.||(tr) to amount to or be on average: the children averaged 15 years of age|
|16.||(intr) stock exchange to purchase additional securities in a holding whose price has fallen (average down) or risen (average up) in anticipation of a speculative profit after further increases in price|
|[C15 averay loss arising from damage to ships or cargoes (shared equitably among all concerned, hence the modern sense), from Old Italian avaria, ultimately from Arabic awār damage, blemish]|
average av·er·age (āv'ər-ĭj, āv'rĭj)
A number that typifies a set of numbers of which it is a function.
See arithmetic mean.
An intermediate level or degree.
Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale.
To calculate the average of.
To do or have an average of.
To distribute proportionately, as over a period of time.
A number, especially the arithmetic mean, that is derived from and considered typical or representative of a set of numbers. Compare arithmetic mean, median, mode.