What does norm mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. norm(noun)

    a standard or model or pattern regarded as typical

    "the current middle-class norm of two children per family"

  2. average, norm(noun)

    a statistic describing the location of a distribution

    "it set the norm for American homes"


  1. Norm(n.)

    A rule or authoritative standard; a model; a type; as, deviations from the norm are not tolerated.

  2. Origin: [L. norma a rule. See Normal, a.]


  1. norm(Verb)

    To endow (a vector space, etc) with a norm.

  2. Origin: From norma.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Norm(adj)

    a rule or authoritative standard; a model; a type

  2. Norm(adj)

    a typical, structural unit; a type

  3. Origin: [L. norma a rule. See Normal, a.]


  1. Norm

    Social norms are group-held beliefs about how members should behave in a given context. Sociologists describe norms as informal understandings that govern society’s behaviors, while psychologists have adopted a more general definition, recognizing smaller group units, like a team or an office, may also endorse norms separate or in addition to cultural or societal expectations. The psychological definition emphasizes social norms' behavioral component, stating norms have two dimensions: how much behavior is exhibited and how much the group approves of that behavior. Norms running counter to the behaviors of the overarching society or culture may be transmitted and maintained within small subgroups of society. For example, Crandall noted that certain groups have a rate of bulimia, a publicly recognized life-threatening disease, that is much higher than society as a whole. Social norms have a way of maintaining order and organizing groups.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Norm

    norm, n. a rule: a pattern: an authoritative standard: a type or typical unit.—n. Nor′ma, a rule, model: a square for measuring right angles.—adj. Nor′mal, according to rule: regular: exact: perpendicular.—n. a perpendicular.—ns. Normalisā′tion, Normal′ity.—v.t. Nor′malise.—adv. Nor′mally.—adj. Nor′mative, establishing a standard.—Normal school, a training-college for teachers in the practice of their profession. [L. norma, a rule.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'norm' in Nouns Frequency: #1954


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of norm in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of norm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Terpsichore Lindeman:

    If vanilla is so widely accepted then why do they have 31 flavors? Normal is not the norm.

  2. Garrison Keillor:

    To choose Norm Coleman over Walter Mondale is like going to a great steakhouse and ordering the tuna sandwich.

  3. Greenberg Traurig:

    You don't know if the price of oil is a blip that last six months or if this becomes the norm for two or three years.

  4. Spencer Klein:

    It played to a very diverse audience, and in Hispanic markets was well above the norm, this diversity is a very good indication for long-term playability.

  5. David L Boren:

    Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch--what makes you go beyond the norm.

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