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Definitions of mean

  1.   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"
  2.   To have a purpose or intention.
  3.   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.
  4.   A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part.
  5.   Middle; average; low; humble; base; sordid.
  6.   To intend, purpose, or design; to signify.
  7.   To have in the mind.
  8.   Meant.
  9.   have a specified degree of importance; " My ex- husband means nothing to me"; " Happiness means everything"
  10.   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.
  11.   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!"
  12.   excellent; " famous for a mean backhand"
  13.   Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
  14.   A mediator; a go- between.
  15.   Intermediate; medium; average.
  16.   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.
  17.   ( 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"
  18.   At an equal distance from the extremes; moderate; without excess; intermediate.
  19.   To have an intention.
  20.   Meanest.
  21.   meaning.
  22.   To intend, signify.
  23.   The middle point, quantity, value, or degree: instrument:- pl. income: estate: instrument.
  24.   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.
  25.   To have in the mind or in view; to signify; to intend, purpose, or design.
  26.   have in mind as a purpose; " I mean no harm"; " I only meant to help you"; " She didn't think to harm me"; " We thought to return early that night"
  27.   ( slang) excellent; " famous for a mean backhand"
  28.   an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
  29.   Meaner.
  30.   characterized by malice; " a hateful thing to do"; " in a mean mood"
  31.   " I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; " Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"
  32.   To have thought or meaning; to be disposed. See Man and Mind.
  33.   Middle: coming between: moderate.
  34.   Low; lowly; inferior; poor.
  35.   Intermediate in excellence of any kind.
  36.   marked by poverty befitting a beggar; " a beggarly existence in the slums"; " a mean hut"
  37.   Penurious; stingy; close- fisted; illiberal; as, mean hospitality.
  38.   Low- minded; base; wanting in dignity or honour; low in rank or birth; poor; pitiful; stingy.
  39.   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.
  40.   Of poor quality; as, mean fare.
  41.   To have in the mind or thoughts: to intend: to signify.
  42.   Meanly.
  43.   To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?
  44.   Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.
  45.   Low in rank or birth; base; sordid; of little value; low in esteem; contemptible; poor.
  46.   Instrumentality ( often with singular construction; as, this is a means); also, property; wealth.
  47.   Wanting dignity of mind; low- minded; base; destitute of honor; spiritless; as, a mean motive.
  48.   To have in the mind: to have meaning:- pr. p. meaning; pa. t. and pa. p. meant ( ment).
  49.   To aim at; purpose; signify.
  50.   A middle point, quantity, value, or degree; instrument.
  51.   Meantime; meanwhile.
  52.   Wanting in dignity or honor; vulgar; ordinary; inferior; without importance; humble; stingy; middle; average; not too much or too little.
  53.   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.
  54.   mean or intend to express or convey; " You never understand what I mean!"; " what do his words intend?"
  55.   The middle point, quantity, value, or degree: average; moderation.
  56.   denote or connote; "` maison' means ` house' in French"; " An example sentence would show what this word means"
  57.   destine or designate for a certain purpose; " These flowers were meant for you"
  58.   The middle state or quantity between two extremes; hence, moderation; medium.
  59.   Low in rank or birth: base: sordid: low in worth or estimation: poor: humble.
  60.   To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.
  61.   Instrumentality; income, revenue, or estate. By all means, without fail. By no means, not at all. Meantime, in the intervening time.
  62.   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.
  63.   Ignoble; base; petty; contemptible.
  64.   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.
  65.   To be minded.
  66.   Middle; moderate; intervening.
  67.   used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt
  68.   Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.
  69.   MEANNESS.
  70.   having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; " that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble"- Edmund Burke; " taking a mean advantage"; " chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare; " something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
  71.   have as a logical consequence; " The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"

Antonyms for mean

considerable, luxuriant, colossal, elevated, dissatisfactory, uncommon, right, shocking, deficient, high, generous, plenteous, creditable, royal, towering, silk stocking, gallant, humane, Magnific, teeming, terrific, disinterested, estimable, serviceable, unique, natural, commiserative, abundant, portentous, steep, venerated, openhanded, conscionable, chivalrous, applaudable, dire, adequate, lofty, charitable, tender, reverend, lordly, revered, munificent, attentive, wretched, profuse, bush, dreadful, huge, commendable, capacious, virtuous, SUBPAR., praiseworthy, prodigal, moral, softhearted, idiosyncratic, warmhearted, tolerable, horrible, freehanded, private, stately, august, suboptimal, princely, scrupulous, wasteful, kind, special, satisfactory, lousy, gigantic, extreme, exalted, laudable, individual, benignant, bighearted, free, unnatural, fine, kinglike, venerable, enormous, appalling, abnormal, fearful, aristocratic, regal, righteous, glorious, abounding, exuberant, distinctive, unusual, grandiose, proud, patrician, squandering, kindhearted, thoughtful, admirable, imposing, strange, full, bountiful, lame, great, big, thriftless, gentle, sublime, kindly, unsatisfactory, off, compassionate, punk, substandard, rich, tall, uplifted, awful, plentiful, excessive, ample, decent, majestic, passable, imperial, freehearted, spacious, vast, profligate, lavish, solicitous, alarming, frightful, nice, acceptable, benevolent, good-hearted, grand, all-right, extensive, magnanimous, beneficent, considerate, hallowed, respectable, eminent, sour, fulsome, unacceptable, sacred, poor, copious, O.K., bush-league, straight, ill, extravagant, upper class, rare, solemn, empathic, Unthrifty, sympathetic, bad, empathetic, just, homeric, long, monumental, direful, enough, unstinting, overflowing, broad, WACK, terrible, epic, replete, open, splendid, affluent, honest, understanding, unskilled, immense, true, stand up, right-minded, wrong, conscientious, fairish, bounteous, blue-blooded, good, spendthrift, principled, meritorious, bulky, liberal, wanting, wellborn, crummy, large, baronial, kingly, massive, noble, wide, inferior, genteel, unselfish, paltry, honorable, unsparing, peculiar, exceptional, tenderhearted, ethical, greathearted, magnificent.

Quotes of mean

  1. To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them. – Jacob Bronowski
  2. I mean I'm a conservative. I believe that, you know, if you borrow too much, you just build up debts for your children to pay off. You put pressure on interest rates. You put at risk your economy. That's the case in Britain. We're not a reserve currency, so we need to get on and deal with this issue. – David Cameron
  3. Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf; is better than a whole loaf. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  4. Sir, I am a republican; and I desire to see this House observe the principles of that democracy which is ever on the lips of its members, and which, I hope, is in their hearts, as I know and feel it is in mine, and mean it shall be in my conduct. – Caleb Cushing
  5. The assertion of failure coming from such persons does not mean that Mr. Mill failed to promote the practical success of those objects the advocacy of which forms the chief feature of his political writings. – Millicent Fawcett
  6. In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. – Stephen Jay Gould
  7. I mean I could just go round and use session musicians for every song, but I don't find that helps when it comes to setting up a band for live. Derrick has been with me for donkey's years. – Jay Kay
  8. No matter how dull, or how mean or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. – Helen Keller
  9. I would do anything for a part, nearly anything. Being in movies doesn't mean being pretty. – Diane Kruger
  10. Well, we played with Soul Coughing once for like two days, that was pretty cool. I mean they were all good, you can pull a great experience from everything. – Mike Lowry
  11. I had an awful first quarter but I picked it up. To all you single guys out there, it's not how you start the date, it's how you finish it sir. A lot of people can, you know, start the date with flowers and candy, but if you don't finish the date- you know what I mean – Shaquille O'Neal
  12. Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich, astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy, magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking ride along Chicago's mean streets. – Sara Paretsky
  13. There are people much less fortunate than us, and I don't mean people hungry sleeping in the streets either. – Della Reese
  14. There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago. – Allen Tate
  15. If you have a guy like Jermaine, it's a pain in the neck. When we were on the road together in Europe, Jesus, I had to kick the girls off of him. I mean they throw themselves on the floor and take off their hats. – Pia Zadora

Usage examples for mean

  1. What could you mean – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  2. That is what you mean is it not? ” – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. What should it mean mother? ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  4. Certainly I mean that. ” – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  5. But- Mr. Ashley- did you mean what you said? ” – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  6. “ " I don't know what you mean said Pauline. ” – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  7. What man do you mean – The Boys of Bellwood School by Frank V. Webster
  8. “ I did not mean to be. ” – Cecilia de Noël by Lanoe Falconer
  9. But that is what I mean – The Chief Legatee by Anna Katharine Green
  10. You don't mean to say that you never heard of Mrs. Heney! ” – Adventures In Friendship by David Grayson
  11. Who- what do you mean – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat
  12. And what does he mean by that? ” – The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys by Gulielma Zollinger
  13. What do you mean to do with me? ” – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  14. What can she mean to tell me? ” – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann
  15. You know who I mean of course? ” – The Cavalier by George Washington Cable
  16. “ That's what you mean – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  17. What could all this mean – The Home Mission by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  18. “ " I mean it," she said. ” – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  19. What do you mean Pauline? ” – Miss Merivale's Mistake by Mrs. Henry Clarke
  20. “ I don't like him, if you mean that. ” – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope

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