average av·er·age (āv'ər-ĭj, āv'rĭj)
n.
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.
average [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (āv'ər-ĭj) Pronunciation Key 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. |
on the average
As a rule, usually, as in On the average, about 15 percent of the freshmen class will drop out before graduation. This expression uses average in the sense of "a norm or standard." [First half of 1700s]