|1.||the sense or significance of a word, sentence, symbol, etc; import; semantic or lexical content|
|2.||the purpose underlying or intended by speech, action, etc|
|3.||the inner, symbolic, or true interpretation, value, or message: the meaning of a dream|
|4.||valid content; efficacy: a law with little or no meaning|
|a. the sense of an expression; its connotation|
|b. See also sense the reference of an expression; its denotation. In recent philosophical writings meaning can be used in both the above senses|
|6.||expressive of some sense, intention, criticism, etc: a meaning look|
Something having a position, quality, or condition midway between extremes; a medium.
The average value of a set of numbers.
Occupying a middle or intermediate position between two extremes.
Intermediate in size, extent, quality, time, or degree; medium.
|mean (mēn) Pronunciation Key
In statistics, an average of a group of numbers or data points. With a group of numbers, the mean is obtained by adding them and dividing by the number of numbers in the group. Thus the mean of five, seven, and twelve is eight (twenty-four divided by three). (Compare median and mode.)