What does average mean?

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ˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒav·er·age

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word average.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. average, norm(noun)

    a statistic describing the location of a distribution

    "it set the norm for American homes"

  2. average(noun)

    (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities

  3. average(adj)

    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)(adj)

    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, ordinary(adj)

    lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered

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

  6. average, fair, mediocre, middling(adj)

    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, medium(adj)

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation

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

  8. modal(a), average(adj)

    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), average(verb)

    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 out(verb)

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

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

  11. average(verb)

    achieve or reach on average

    "He averaged a C"

  12. average, average out(verb)

    compute the average of

Wiktionary

  1. average(Noun)

    The arithmetic mean.

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

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

  2. average(Noun)

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

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

  3. average(Noun)

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

    batting average

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

  4. average(Verb)

    To compute the arithmetic mean of.

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

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

  5. average(Verb)

    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.

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

  6. average(Adjective)

    Constituting or relating to the average.

    The average age of the participants was 18.5.

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

  7. average(Adjective)

    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.

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

  8. average(Adjective)

    Typical.

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

  9. average(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Average(noun)

    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

    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.]

  2. Average(noun)

    a tariff or duty on goods, etc

    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.]

  3. Average(noun)

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

    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.]

  4. Average(noun)

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

    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.]

  5. Average(noun)

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

    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.]

  6. Average(noun)

    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

    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.]

  7. Average(noun)

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

    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.]

  8. Average(noun)

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

    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.]

  9. Average(adj)

    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

    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.]

  10. Average(adj)

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

    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.]

  11. Average(verb)

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

    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.]

  12. Average(verb)

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

    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.]

  13. Average(verb)

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

    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.]

  14. Average(verb)

    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

    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.]

Freebase

  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.)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    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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Numerology

  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. Sean Lynch:

    I'm a little surprised the markets reacted somewhat negatively to it, the only thing that might counter balance that headline number is the average hourly earnings. That could worry the Fed a little bit and worry investors that a possible rate rise is still on the table.

  2. Carolyn Wegemann:

    For the average investor we are advising them to tune out the noise and resist the temptation to make rash moves. Keep calm and stay the course, the majority of our clients are taking the long-term perspective.

  3. Sebastian Coe:

    I am president of an international federation which is under serious investigations and I represent a sport under intense scrutiny, my vision is to have a sport that attracts more young people. The average age of those watching track and field is 55 years old. This is not sustainable.

  4. Trevor Potter:

    Stunts like that are not helpful because it's a serious subject, the guy who's doing that is reflecting the enormous sense of frustration that no one is listening to the average citizen.

  5. Richard Truesdall:

    When the stocks are not exceeding average S&P returns or trading below their IPO price, that causes people to back away from the market, there is enough uncertainty and clouds in the horizon that is causing people to be cautious.

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