Definition/Meaning | Word/Phrase |
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ambiguous grammatical construction; e.g., `they are flying planes' can mean either that someone is flying planes or that something is flying planes | amphibology , amphiboly |

unit of length used for distances within the solar system; equal to the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun (approximately 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers) | Astronomical Unit , AU |

mathematical mean | average |

quality of being deliberately mean | beastliness , meanness |

strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as `blatant' to mean `flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: `blind mouths') | catachresis |

point representing the mean position of the matter in a body | center of mass , centre of mass |

advantage taken in mean way | cheap shot |

mean behavior | cheeseparing , doggery |

Greenwich Mean Time updated with leap seconds | coordinated universal time , UTC |

(statistics) the mean value of the product of the deviations of two variates from their respective means | covariance |

time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day | day , sidereal day |

statistical difference between one number in set and mean of the set | deviation |

act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean | distortion , overrefinement , straining , torture , twisting |

(astronomy) a measure of time defined by Earth's orbital motion; terrestrial time is mean solar time corrected for the irregularities of the Earth's motions | ephemeris time , TDT , terrestrial dynamical time , terrestrial time , TT |

theoretical distribution with finite mean and variance | Gaussian distribution , normal distribution |

mean sea level | geoid |

mean of n numbers expressed as the n-th root of their product | geometric mean |

borough of Greater London on the Thames; zero degrees of longitude runs through Greenwich; time is measured relative to Greenwich Mean Time | Greenwich |

mean of n numbers expressed as the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of the numbers | harmonic mean |

term formerly used to mean taking on the gender role of the opposite sex | inversion , sexual inversion |

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