Definition of Mean

1. Noun. An average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n.

Exact synonyms: Mean Value
Category relationships: Statistics
Generic synonyms: Average, Norm
Specialized synonyms: Arithmetic Mean, Expectation, Expected Value, First Moment, Geometric Mean, Harmonic Mean

2. Verb. Mean or intend to express or convey. "What do his words intend?"
Exact synonyms: Intend
Specialized synonyms: Represent, Stand For, Symbolise, Symbolize, Typify, Signify, Import, Spell, Aim, Aim, Drive, Get
Generic synonyms: Convey
Derivative terms: Intent, Meaning, Meaning

3. Adjective. Approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value. "The mean annual rainfall"
Exact synonyms: Average
Category relationships: Statistics
Similar to: Normal
Derivative terms: Average, Averageness

4. Verb. Have as a logical consequence. "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
Exact synonyms: Entail, Imply
Generic synonyms: Necessitate
Derivative terms: Entailment, Implication, Implicative

5. Adjective. Characterized by malice. "In a mean mood"
Exact synonyms: Hateful
Similar to: Awful, Nasty
Derivative terms: Hatefulness, Meanness

6. Verb. Denote or connote. "An example sentence would show what this word means"
Exact synonyms: Intend, Signify, Stand For
Specialized synonyms: Denote, Refer
Related verbs: Signify
Derivative terms: Meaning, Meaning, Sign, Signification, Signifier

7. Adjective. Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality. "Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics"
Exact synonyms: Base, Meanspirited
Similar to: Ignoble
Derivative terms: Baseness, Meanness

8. Verb. Have in mind as a purpose. "They mean to move "; "We thought to return early that night"
Exact synonyms: Intend, Think
Specialized synonyms: Design, Be After, Plan, Aim, Propose, Purport, Purpose
Derivative terms: Intent, Intention

9. Adjective. Excellent. "Famous for a mean backhand"
Language type: Argot, Cant, Jargon, Lingo, Patois, Slang, Vernacular
Similar to: Skilled

10. Verb. Have a specified degree of importance. "Happiness means everything"

11. Adjective. Marked by poverty befitting a beggar. "A mean hut"
Exact synonyms: Beggarly
Similar to: Poor
Derivative terms: Beggar

12. Verb. Intend to refer to. "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"
Exact synonyms: Have In Mind, Think Of
Generic synonyms: Associate, Colligate, Connect, Link, Link Up, Relate, Tie In
Specialized synonyms: Advert, Bring Up, Cite, Mention, Name, Refer

13. Adjective. (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity. "He left a miserly tip"
Exact synonyms: Mingy, Miserly, Tight
Similar to: Stingy, Ungenerous
Derivative terms: Meanness, Meanness, Minginess, Miser, Miserliness, Tightness

14. Verb. Destine or designate for a certain purpose. "These flowers were meant for you"
Generic synonyms: Designate, Destine, Intend, Specify

15. Adjective. (used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt.
Exact synonyms: Beggarly
Similar to: Stingy, Ungenerous
Derivative terms: Meanness

16. Adjective. Of no value or worth. "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"
Exact synonyms: Bastardly
Similar to: Contemptible
Derivative terms: Bastard

Definition of Mean

1. v. t. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?

2. v. i. To have a purpose or intention.

3. a. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble.

4. a. Occupying a middle position; middle; being about midway between extremes.

5. n. 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.

Definition of Mean

1. Verb. To intend. ¹

2. Verb. To convey meaning. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete in singular) An intermediate step or intermediate steps. ¹

4. Adjective. (obsolete) Common; general. ¹

5. Adjective. Of a common or low origin, grade, or quality; common; humble. ¹

6. Adjective. Low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby. ¹

7. Adjective. Without dignity of mind; destitute of honour; low-minded; spiritless; base. ¹

8. Adjective. Niggardly; penurious; miserly; stingy. ¹

9. Adjective. Of little value or account; low in worth or estimation; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable. ¹

10. Adjective. Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating; small. ¹

11. Adjective. Selfish; acting without consideration of others; unkind. ¹

12. Adjective. Causing or intending to cause intentional harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious. ¹

13. Adjective. Powerful; fierce; harsh; damaging. ¹

14. Adjective. Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with. ¹

15. Adjective. Having the mean (''see noun below'') as its value. ¹

16. Adjective. (obsolete) Middling in quality or excellence; moderately good, tolerable. ¹

17. Noun. (context: now chiefly in the plural) A method or course of action used to achieve some result. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

18. Noun. Something which is intermediate or in the middle; an intermediate value or range of values; a medium. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

19. Noun. (context: music now historical) The middle part of three-part polyphonic music; now specifically, the alto part in polyphonic music; an alto instrument. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

20. Noun. (statistics) The average of a set of values, calculated by summing them together and dividing by the number of terms; the arithmetic mean. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

21. Noun. (mathematics) Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties and yields a number representative of its arguments; or, the number so yielded; a measure of central tendency. ¹

22. Noun. (mathematics) Either of the two numbers in the middle of a conventionally presented proportion, as ''2'' and ''3'' in ''1:2=3:6''. ¹

23. Verb. (context: now Ireland UK regional) To complain, lament. ¹

24. Verb. (context: now Ireland UK regional) To pity; to comfort. ¹

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Definition of Mean

1. inferior in grade, quality, or character [adj MEANER, MEANEST] / to intend [v MEANT, MEANING, MEANS] - See also: intend

Medical Definition of Mean

1. Average value calculated by taking the sum of all values and dividing by the total number of values. (05 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mean

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mean (current term)
mean annual increment
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mean business
mean calorie
mean corpuscular haemoglobin
mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration
mean corpuscular volume
mean deviation
mean deviation from the mean
mean distance
mean distance between failure
mean electrical axis

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