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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.
in maritime law, loss or damage, less than total, to maritime property (a ship or its cargo), caused by the perils of the sea. An average may be particular or general. A particular average is one that is borne by the owner of the lost or damaged property (unless he was insured against the risk). A general average is one that is borne in common by the owners of all the property engaged in the venture.