Definitions for normnɔrm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a standard, model, or pattern.

    Category: Sociology

  2. a rule or standard of behavior expected of each member of a social group.

    Category: Sociology

  3. a behavior pattern or trait considered typical of a particular social group.

    Category: Sociology

  4. the general level or average.

  5. Educ. a designated standard of average performance of people of a given age, background, etc. a standard based on the past average performance of a given individual.

    Category: Education

  6. Math. a real-valued, nonnegative function whose domain is a vector space. the greatest difference between two successive points of a given partition.

    Category: Math

Origin of norm:

1815–25; < L normarule, pattern

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. norm(noun)ɔrm

    sth that is normal or usual

    These temperatures are pretty much the norm for this time of year.

  2. normɔrm

    accepted behavior, methods, etc.

    social/cultural norms


  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


  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


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