Definition of Average

1. Noun. A statistic describing the location of a distribution. "It set the norm for American homes"

Exact synonyms: Norm
Category relationships: Statistics
Generic synonyms: Statistic
Specialized synonyms: Age Norm, Modal Value, Mode, Median, Median Value, Mean, Mean Value

2. Verb. Amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain. "The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40"
Exact synonyms: Average Out
Generic synonyms: Add Up, Amount, Come, Number, Total

3. Adjective. Approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value. "The mean annual rainfall"
Exact synonyms: Mean
Category relationships: Statistics
Similar to: Normal
Derivative terms: Averageness, Mean

4. Noun. (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities.
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Specialized synonyms: Batting Average, Hitting Average, Fielding Average
Generic synonyms: Ratio

5. Verb. Achieve or reach on average. "He averaged a C"
Generic synonyms: Accomplish, Achieve, Attain, Reach

6. Adjective. Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered. "The ordinary (or common) man in the street"
Exact synonyms: Ordinary
Similar to: Common
Derivative terms: Averageness, Averageness, Ordinariness

7. Noun. An intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual. "The snowfall this month is below average"
Generic synonyms: Scale Value

8. Verb. Compute the average of.
Exact synonyms: Average Out
Category relationships: Arithmetic
Generic synonyms: Calculate, Cipher, Compute, Cypher, Figure, Reckon, Work Out

9. Adjective. Lacking exceptional quality or ability. "The performance was middling at best"
Exact synonyms: Fair, Mediocre, Middling
Similar to: Ordinary
Derivative terms: Averageness, Averageness, Mediocrity

10. Adjective. Around the middle of a scale of evaluation. "Medium bombers"
Exact synonyms: Intermediate, Medium
Similar to: Moderate

11. Adjective. Relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution. "The modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"
Exact synonyms: Modal
Category relationships: Statistics
Similar to: Normal
Derivative terms: Mode

12. Adjective. Relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values). "The median income for the year was $15,000"
Exact synonyms: Median
Category relationships: Statistics
Similar to: Normal
Derivative terms: Median

Definition of Average

1. n. That service which a tenant owed his lord, to be done by the work beasts of the tenant, as the carriage of wheat, turf, etc.

2. a. Pertaining to an average or mean; medial; containing a mean proportion; of a mean size, quality, ability, etc.; ordinary; usual; as, an average rate of profit; an average amount of rain; the average Englishman; beings of the average stamp.

3. v. t. To find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean.

4. v. i. To form, or exist in, a mean or medial sum or quantity; to amount to, or to be, on an average; as, the losses of the owners will average twenty five dollars each; these spars average ten feet in length.

Definition of Average

1. Noun. The arithmetic mean. ¹

2. Noun. (statistics) Any measure of central tendency, especially any mean, the median, or the mode (''see Usage notes below''). ¹

3. Noun. (sports) An indication of a player's ability calculated from his scoring record, etc. ¹

4. Adjective. (not comparable) Constituting or relating to the average. ¹

5. Adjective. Neither very good nor very bad; rated somewhere in the middle of all others in the same category. ¹

6. Adjective. Typical. ¹

7. Adjective. (informal) Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive informal) To compute the arithmetic mean of. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Average

1. to calculate the arithmetic mean of [v -AGED, -AGING, -AGES]

Medical Definition of Average

1. A value that represents the sum of values divided by the number of values in the set. It represents or summarises the relevant features of a set of values. Origin: M.E. Averays, loss from damage to ship or cargo, fr. It. Avaris, fr. Ar. 'awariya, damaged goods, + damage (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Average

average (current term)
average Joe
average Joes
average bear
average bears
average cost
average flow rate
average megawatt
average out
average pulse magnitude
average up

Literary usage of Average

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Oecd Economic Surveys 2006: Luxembourg by Oecd (2006)
"Education outcomes are below the OECD average Achievement is below the OECD average Luxembourg students scored below the OECD average in each of the ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1919)
"The average energy value per man per day of the food consumed during each ... The average weight per man was measured at the beginning of each week and at ..."

3. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1902)
"Morgan County—Institute held at Jacksonville, Oct. 16, 17 and 18, 1901; cost, $83.55; average daily attendance, 200. Officers elected for the ensuing year: ..."

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