What does average mean?

Definitions for average
ˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒav·er·age

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. average, normnoun

    a statistic describing the location of a distribution

    "it set the norm for American homes"

  2. averagenoun

    (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities

  3. averageadjective

    an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual

    "he is about average in height"; "the snowfall this month is below average"

  4. average, mean(a)adjective

    approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value

    "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall"

  5. average, ordinaryadjective

    lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered

    "average people"; "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"

  6. average, fair, mediocre, middlingadjective

    lacking exceptional quality or ability

    "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"

  7. average, intermediate, mediumadjective

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation

    "an orange of average size"; "intermediate capacity"; "medium bombers"

  8. modal(a), averageadjective

    relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution

    "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"

  9. median(a), averageverb

    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 value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20"; "the median income for the year was $15,000"

  10. average, average outverb

    amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain

    "The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40"

  11. averageverb

    achieve or reach on average

    "He averaged a C"

  12. average, average outverb

    compute the average of


  1. averagenoun

    The arithmetic mean.

    The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.

  2. averagenoun

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

  3. averagenoun

    An indication of a player's ability calculated from his scoring record, etc.

    batting average

  4. averageverb

    To compute the arithmetic mean of.

    If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.

  5. averageverb

    Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.

    The daily high temperature last month averaged 15C.

  6. averageadjective

    Constituting or relating to the average.

    The average age of the participants was 18.5.

  7. averageadjective

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

    I soon found I was only an average chess player.

  8. averageadjective


  9. averageadjective

    Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor.

  10. Etymology: From avarie, from avaria, from عوارية, from عوار, from عور.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Averagenoun

    1.In law, that duty or service which the tenant is to pay to the king, or other lord, by his beasts and carriages, Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: averagium, Lat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Averagenoun

    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. Averagenoun

    a tariff or duty on goods, etc

  3. Averagenoun

    any charge in addition to the regular charge for freight of goods shipped

  4. Averagenoun

    a contribution to a loss or charge which has been imposed upon one of several for the general benefit; damage done by sea perils

  5. Averagenoun

    the equitable and proportionate distribution of loss or expense among all interested

  6. Averagenoun

    a mean proportion, medial sum or quantity, made out of unequal sums or quantities; an arithmetical mean. Thus, if A loses 5 dollars, B 9, and C 16, the sum is 30, and the average 10

  7. Averagenoun

    any medial estimate or general statement derived from a comparison of diverse specific cases; a medium or usual size, quantity, quality, rate, etc

  8. Averagenoun

    in the English corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets

  9. Averageadjective

    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

  10. Averageadjective

    according to the laws of averages; as, the loss must be made good by average contribution

  11. Averageverb

    to find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean

  12. Averageverb

    to divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss

  13. Averageverb

    to do, accomplish, get, etc., on an average

  14. Averageverb

    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

  15. Etymology: [OF. average, LL. averagium, prob. fr. OF. aver, F. avoir, property, horses, cattle, etc.; prop. infin., to have, from L. habere to have. Cf. F. avrage small cattle, and avarie (perh. of different origin) damage to ship or cargo, port dues. The first meaning was perhaps the service of carting a feudal lord's wheat, then charge for carriage, the contribution towards loss of things carried, in proportion to the amount of each person's property. Cf. Aver, n., Avercorn, Averpenny.]


  1. Average

    In colloquial language average usually means the sum of a list of numbers divided by the size of the list, in other words the arithmetic mean. However it can alternatively mean the median, the mode, or some other central or typical value. In statistics, these are all known as measures of central tendency. The concept of an average can be extended in various ways in mathematics, but in those contexts it is usually referred to as a mean

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Average

    av′ėr-āj, n. the mean value or quantity of a number of values or quantities: any expense incurred beyond the freight, payable by the owner of the goods shipped, as in the phrase Petty average: any loss or damage to ship or cargo from unavoidable accidental causes—Particular average. Again, General average is the apportionment of loss caused by measures taken for the ship's safety, as cutting away the masts, throwing overboard cargo, accepting towage, or the like.—adj. containing a mean value: ordinary.—v.t. to fix an average.—v.i. to exist in, or form, a mean quantity. [Dr Murray says the word first appears about 1500 in connection with the maritime trade of the Mediterranean (Fr. avarie, Sp. averia, It. avaria); probably averia is a derivative of It. avere (O. Fr. aveir), goods, the original sense being a 'charge on property or goods.' The It. avere and O. Fr. aveir meant goods, substance, cattle—L. habēre, to have. The Old Eng. aver in the same sense is obsolete, but in Scotland aver still means an old horse.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. average

    Whether general or particular, is a term of ambiguous construction, meaning the damage incurred for the safety of the ship and cargo; the contribution made by the owners in general, apportioned to their respective investments, to repair any particular loss or expense sustained; and a small duty paid to the master for his care of the whole. Goods thrown overboard for the purpose of lightening the ship, are so thrown for the good of all, and the loss thus sustained must be made up by a general average or contribution from all the parties interested. (See GENERAL AVERAGE.)

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    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1694

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1999

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Nouns Frequency: #1146

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Adjectives Frequency: #211

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of average in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of average in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of average in a Sentence

  1. Michael Tate:

    There are real challenges facing our state, but we also have real opportunities to help average working families – if the governor is willing to spend his time doing the job he was elected to do, not campaigning for the job he wants.

  2. Robbert Van Batenburg:

    It'll take some time for the average investor to regain his confidence in the stability in the bond market.

  3. Adam Sarhan:

    Today you're bouncing off a 50-day moving average, which is a pure technical play. The fundamentals are improving a little bit because the situation in Ukraine did not explode. That was a concern over the weekend. Also, Greece hasn't fallen off the radar.

  4. De Haan:

    We could see a national average that flirts with, or in a worst-case scenario, potentially exceeds $ 4 a gallon.

  5. Mark Mahone:

    These studies now that are coming out really highlight the importance of nighttime sleep, i still wonder if the average parent knows how important a full consolidated nighttime sleep schedule is.

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