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norm

[nawrm] /nɔrm/
noun
1.
a standard, model, or pattern.
2.
general level or average:
Two cars per family is the norm in most suburban communities.
3.
Education.
  1. a designated standard of average performance of people of a given age, background, etc.
  2. a standard based on the past average performance of a given individual.
4.
Mathematics.
  1. a real-valued, nonnegative function whose domain is a vector space, with properties such that the function of a vector is zero only when the vector is zero, the function of a scalar times a vector is equal to the absolute value of the scalar times the function of the vector, and the function of the sum of two vectors is less than or equal to the sum of the functional values of each vector. The norm of a real number is its absolute value.
  2. the greatest difference between two successive points of a given partition.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Latin norma carpenter's square, rule, pattern
Related forms
normless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for normless

norm

/nɔːm/
noun
1.
an average level of achievement or performance, as of a group or person
2.
a standard of achievement or behaviour that is required, desired, or designated as normal
3.
(sociol) an established standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group to which each member is expected to conform
4.
(maths)
  1. the length of a vector expressed as the square root of the sum of the square of its components
  2. another name for mode (sense 6)
5.
(geology) the theoretical standard mineral composition of an igneous rock
Word Origin
C19: from Latin norma carpenter's rule, square

Norm

/nɔːm/
noun
1.
a stereotype of the unathletic Australian male
Word Origin
from a cartoon figure in the government-sponsored Life, Be In It campaign
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Word Origin and History for normless

norm

n.

"standard, pattern, model," 1821, from French norme, from Latin norma "carpenter's square, rule, pattern," of unknown origin. Klein suggests a borrowing (via Etruscan) of Greek gnomon "carpenter's square." The Latin form of the word, norma, was used in English in the sense of "carpenter's square" from 1670s.

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Related Abbreviations for normless

norm

  1. standard
  2. model
  3. pattern
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Encyclopedia Article for normless

norm

rule or standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group. Norms may be internalized-i.e., incorporated within the individual so that there is conformity without external rewards or punishments, or they may be enforced by positive or negative sanctions from without. The social unit sharing particular norms may be small (e.g., a clique of friends) or may include all adult members of a society. Norms are more specific than values or ideals: honesty is a general value, but the rules defining what is honest behaviour in a particular situation are norms

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