|—vb (often foll by for) , means, meaning, meant|
|1.||(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to intend to convey or express|
|2.||(may take a clause as object or an infinitive) intend: she didn't mean to hurt it|
|3.||(may take a clause as object) to say or do in all seriousness: the boss means what he says about strikes|
|4.||to destine or design (for a certain person or purpose): she was meant for greater things|
|5.||(may take a clause as object) to denote or connote; signify; represent: examples help show exactly what a word means|
|6.||(may take a clause as object) to produce; cause: the weather will mean long traffic delays|
|7.||(may take a clause as object) to foretell; portend: those dark clouds mean rain|
|8.||to have the importance of: money means nothing to him|
|9.||(intr) to have the intention of behaving or acting (esp in the phrases mean wellormean ill)|
|10.||mean business to be in earnest|
|usage In standard English, mean should not be followed by for when expressing intention: I didn't mean this to happen (not I didn't mean for this to happen)|
|1.||chiefly (Brit) miserly, ungenerous, or petty|
|2.||humble, obscure, or lowly: he rose from mean origins to high office|
|3.||despicable, ignoble, or callous: a mean action|
|4.||poor or shabby: mean clothing; a mean abode|
|5.||informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) bad-tempered; vicious|
|6.||informal ashamed: he felt mean about not letting the children go to the zoo|
|7.||informal chiefly (US) unwell; in low spirits|
|8.||slang excellent; skilful: he plays a mean trombone|
|a. of high quality: no mean performer|
|b. difficult: no mean feat|
|[C12: from Old English gemǣne common; related to Old High German gimeini, Latin communis common, at first with no pejorative sense]|
|1.||the middle point, state, or course between limits or extremes|
|a. the second and third terms of a proportion, as b and c in a/b = c/d|
|b. another name for average See also geometric mean|
|4.||statistics a statistic obtained by multiplying each possible value of a variable by its probability and then taking the sum or integral over the range of the variable|
|5.||intermediate or medium in size, quantity, etc|
|6.||occurring halfway between extremes or limits; average|
|[C14: via Anglo-Norman from Old French moien, from Late Latin mediānus|
Something having a position, quality, or condition midway between extremes; a medium.
A number that typifies a set of numbers, such as a geometric mean or an arithmetic mean.
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.)
in mathematics, a quantity that has a value intermediate between those of the extreme members of some set. Several kinds of mean exist, and the method of calculating a mean depends upon the relationship known or assumed to govern the other members. The arithmetic mean, denoted x, of a set of n numbers x1, x2, , xn is defined as the sum of the numbers divided by n:
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