Definitions of average

  1. amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain; " The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40"
  2. a statistic describing the location of a distribution; " it set the norm for American homes"
  3. lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered; " average people"; " the ordinary ( or common) man in the street"
  4. around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures; " an orange of average size"; " intermediate capacity"; " a plane with intermediate range"; " medium bombers"
  5. ( statistics) 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"
  6. ( statistics) relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution; " the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"
  7. of no 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"
  8. compute the average of
  9. achieve or reach on average; " He averaged a C"
  10. 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"
  11. relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values ( or the average of the middle two in an even- numbered set); " the median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20"; " the median income for the year was $ 15, 000"
  12. relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution; " the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"
  13. 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.
  14. A tariff or duty on goods, etc.
  15. Any charge in addition to the regular charge for freight of goods shipped.
  16. A contribution to a loss or charge which has been imposed upon one of several for the general benefit; damage done by sea perils.
  17. The equitable and proportionate distribution of loss or expense among all interested.
  18. 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.
  19. Any medial estimate or general statement derived from a comparison of diverse specific cases; a medium or usual size, quantity, quality, rate, etc.
  20. In the English corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets.
  21. 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.
  22. According to the laws of averages; as, the loss must be made good by average contribution.
  23. To find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean.
  24. To divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss.
  25. To do, accomplish, get, etc., on an average.
  26. 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.
  27. Equal to the sum of all the different quantities of the same kind added together and divided by the number of them; of medium quality; midway between extremes.
  28. A result reached by adding several quantities of the same kind, and dividing by the number of quantities; a general statement based on a number of different cases; the general type.
  29. To find the average of by arithmetic; to reduce to a mean.
  30. The mean value or quantity of a number of values or quantities.
  31. Containing a mean value.
  32. To fix an average.
  33. To exist in, or form, a mean quantity.
  34. A mean proportion; proportional distribution.
  35. Containing a mean proportion.
  36. To fix, or be the average of; apportion on the average; take as an average.
  37. Obtained by calculating the mean of several; medium; ordinary.
  38. The quotient of any sum divided by the number of its terms; the mean amount, quantity, or the like.
  39. The ordinary degree or amount; general type.
  40. The mean sum, quantity, or value, made out of unequal sums, quantities, or values, by adding these together and dividing by the number of them.
  41. To find the mean of unequal sums or quantities; to reduce to a mean; to divide according to an average.
  42. To form a mean sum or quantity. A general average, a contribution to a general loss, when, for the safety of a ship in distress, any destruction to the ship is incurred, all persons who have goods on board, or property in the ship, contribute to the loss according to their average, that is, the goods of each on board. Petty or accustomed averages, charges payable by the shippers of goods to the master of the ship, over and above the freight, for his care of the goods. Upon or on an average, taking the mean of unequal numbers or quantities.
  43. A mean proportion; the mean of any collection of sums, numbers, or quantities, found by dividing the totals by the number of the sums or quantities.
  44. Being in a condition common to many,- as a man of average height, an average crop.
  45. To make equal to others; to reduce to a level; to proportion.

Usage examples for average

  1. When the next committee sat, in 1791, they found, that, on an average of the last four years, their predecessors had fallen short, in their estimate of the permanent taxes, by more than three hundred and forty thousand pounds a year. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. That is the average. – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  3. What would the average citizen say if he discovered that, at this very moment, the Nipe was being treated almost as an honored guest of the Government? – Anything You Can Do ... by Gordon Randall Garrett
  4. The average number of names proposed is seven or eight, though sometimes as many as twelve are offered. – Government and Administration of the United States by Westel W. Willoughby and William F. Willoughby
  5. Prices average about one dollar per bushel. – The Apple by Various
  6. This would give an average life of four and a half years. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  7. If it came to a deal in which the General and all the world stood against Druce, the average Wall Street man would have bet on Druce against the whole combination. – Revenge! by by Robert Barr
  8. This, of course, will depend upon the exercise he takes: but, on an average, he should have every night at least eight hours. – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  9. 3: Figure based upon average price of city gas. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  10. It may sound like a busy day, but it was, on the whole, merely an average one. – The Prairie Mother by Arthur Stringer
  11. Sometimes we hear it said that the white man of the South knows the negro better than anybody else, but the average white man of the South only knows the ignorant, vicious and criminal negro better than anybody else. – Negro Migration during the War by Emmett J. Scott
  12. That was an average of six dollars a pistol. – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  13. Roy saw, as soon as any one, that Brander was a man above the average. – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  14. The " Sanspareil" made an average of fourteen miles an hour, but as it burst a water- pipe it lost its chance. – The True Citizen, How To Become One by W. F. Markwick, D. D. and W. A. Smith, A. B.
  15. The general average at the beginning of work is put at fifteen years and four months. – White Slaves by Louis A Banks
  16. Now the science of correct expression is a thing in which the average student has had no training. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  17. It was impossible to believe that the owner of such a face, in which a look of stupidity was mingled with one of perpetual astonishment, could possess superior talent, or even an average amount of intelligence. – Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau
  18. Still, the average is large, though, if you will go to the stand, you may select any horse you please without offence. – Roman Holidays and Others by W. D. Howells