Definitions of mean

  1. To have thought or meaning; to be disposed. See Man and Mind.
  2. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?
  3. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
  4. To have in the mind or intention; to purpose; as, I mean to go; signify; as, the French word poilu means hairy; denote; as, the word poilu meant a French soldier.
  5. To have in the mind or thoughts: to intend: to signify.
  6. To intend, signify.
  7. To aim at; purpose; signify.
  8. To have a purpose or intention.
  9. To have an intention.
  10. To have in the mind: to have meaning:- pr. p. meaning; pa. t. and pa. p. meant ( ment).
  11. To have in the mind.
  12. mean or intend to express or convey; " You never understand what I mean!"; " what do his words intend?"
  13. denote or connote; "` maison' means ` house' in French"; " An example sentence would show what this word means"
  14. have a specified degree of importance; " My ex- husband means nothing to me"; " Happiness means everything"
  15. To be minded.
  16. To have in the mind or in view; to signify; to intend, purpose, or design.
  17. To intend, purpose, or design; to signify.
  18. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
  19. Wanting dignity of mind; low- minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.
  20. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
  21. Penurious; stingy; close- fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
  22. Meanest.
  23. Instrumentality; income, revenue, or estate. By all means, without fail. By no means, not at all. Meantime, in the intervening time.
  24. Instrumentality ( often with singular construction; as, this is a means); also, property; wealth.
  25. an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
  26. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure.
  27. That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument.
  28. Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance.
  29. A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
  30. Meantime; meanwhile.
  31. A mediator; a go- between.
  32. The middle point, quantity, value, or degree: average; moderation.
  34. The middle point, quantity, value, or degree: instrument:- pl. income: estate: instrument.
  35. A middle point, quantity, value, or degree; instrument.
  36. The middle state or quantity between two extremes; hence, moderation; medium.
  37. The middle point, rate or degree; medium; mediocrity; intervening time; the medium, instrument or agent through which something is done; a quantity having an intermediate value between several others.
  38. The middle point or place; in math., a quantity having an intermediate value between several others; the average of resultant value; the middle rate or degree.
  39. Meaner.
  40. Meanly.
  41. marked by poverty befitting a beggar; " a beggarly existence in the slums"; " a mean hut"
  42. ( slang) excellent; " famous for a mean backhand"
  43. destine or designate for a certain purpose; " These flowers were meant for you"
  44. intend to refer to; " I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; " Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"
  45. 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"
  46. excellent; " famous for a mean backhand"
  47. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
  48. Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
  49. Average; having an intermediate value between two extremes, or between the several successive values of a variable quantity during one cycle of variation; as, mean distance; mean motion; mean solar day.
  50. A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an arithmetical mean. A geometrical mean is the square root of the product of the quantities.
  51. Wanting in dignity or honor; vulgar; ordinary; inferior; without importance; humble; stingy; middle; average; not too much or too little.
  52. Low in rank or birth: base: sordid: low in worth or estimation: poor: humble.
  53. Middle: coming between: moderate.
  54. Middle; average; low; humble; base; sordid.
  55. Low; lowly; inferior; poor.
  56. Ignoble; base; petty; contemptible.
  57. Intermediate; medium; average.
  58. Low in rank or birth; base; sordid; of little value; low in esteem; contemptible; poor.
  59. Middle; moderate; intervening.
  60. Low- minded; base; wanting in dignity or honour; low in rank or birth; poor; pitiful; stingy.
  61. At an equal distance from the extremes; moderate; without excess; intermediate.
  62. Meant.