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

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