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Definitions of mean

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