What is the meaning of mean?


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


  • Mean or intend to express or convey.
    • usage: "You never understand what I mean"; "what do his words intend"
  • Have as a logical consequence.
    • usage: "The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers"
  • Denote or connote.
    • usage: "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
  • Have in mind as a purpose.
    • usage: "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"
  • Have a specified degree of importance.
    • usage: "My ex-husband means nothing to me"; "Happiness means everything"
  • Intend to refer to.
    • usage: "I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"; "Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip"
  • Destine or designate for a certain purpose.
    • usage: "These flowers were meant for you"


  • Approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value.
    • usage: "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall"
  • Characterized by malice.
    • usage: "a hateful thing to do"; "in a mean mood"
  • Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality.
    • usage: "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"
  • Excellent.
    • usage: "famous for a mean backhand"
  • Marked by poverty befitting a beggar.
    • usage: "a beggarly existence in the slums"; "a mean hut"
  • Used of persons or behavior. ( characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity)
    • usage: "a mean person"; "he left a miserly tip"
  • Used of sums of money. ( so small in amount as to deserve contempt)
  • Of no value or worth.
    • usage: "I was caught in the bastardly traffic"
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