Definitions of average

  1. 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.
  2. To find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean.
  3. To divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss.
  4. To do, accomplish, get, etc., on an average.
  5. To find the average of by arithmetic; to reduce to a mean.
  6. To fix an average.
  7. To fix, or be the average of; apportion on the average; take as an average.
  8. 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.
  9. To exist in, or form, a mean quantity.
  10. compute the average of
  11. achieve or reach on average; " He averaged a C"
  12. To find the mean of unequal sums or quantities; to reduce to a mean; to divide according to an average.
  13. To make equal to others; to reduce to a level; to proportion.
  14. a statistic describing the location of a distribution; " it set the norm for American homes"
  15. 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.
  16. A tariff or duty on goods, etc.
  17. Any charge in addition to the regular charge for freight of goods shipped.
  18. A contribution to a loss or charge which has been imposed upon one of several for the general benefit; damage done by sea perils.
  19. The equitable and proportionate distribution of loss or expense among all interested.
  20. 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.
  21. Any medial estimate or general statement derived from a comparison of diverse specific cases; a medium or usual size, quantity, quality, rate, etc.
  22. In the English corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets.
  23. 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.
  24. The mean value or quantity of a number of values or quantities.
  25. A mean proportion; proportional distribution.
  26. The quotient of any sum divided by the number of its terms; the mean amount, quantity, or the like.
  27. The ordinary degree or amount; general type.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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"
  31. 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"
  32. 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"
  33. 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"
  34. relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution; " the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"
  35. 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.
  36. According to the laws of averages; as, the loss must be made good by average contribution.
  37. 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.
  38. Containing a mean value.
  39. Containing a mean proportion.
  40. Obtained by calculating the mean of several; medium; ordinary.
  41. Being in a condition common to many,- as a man of average height, an average crop.