What is the meaning of average?

Subtopics: across-day 


  • A statistic describing the location of a distribution.
    • usage: "it set the norm for American homes"
  • Sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities. (
  • An intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual.
    • usage: "he is about average in height"; "the snowfall this month is below average"


  • Amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain.
    • usage: "The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40"
  • Achieve or reach on average.
    • usage: "He averaged a C"
  • Compute the average of.


  • 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"
  • Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered.
    • usage: "average people"; "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"
  • Lacking exceptional quality or ability.
    • usage: "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"
  • Around the middle of a scale of evaluation.
    • usage: "an orange of average size"; "intermediate capacity"; "medium bombers"
  • Relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution.
    • usage: "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"
  • Relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values. )
    • usage: "the median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20"; "the median income for the year was $15, 000"
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APAWordNet. (2010). average. Retrieved February 21, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/average/definitions/1168794
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