Normal school
Normal Nor"mal (n[^o]r"mal), a. [L. normalis, fr. norma rule, pattern, carpenter's square; prob. akin to noscere to know; cf. Gr. gnw`rimos well known, gnw`mwn gnomon, also, carpenter's square: cf. F. normal. See {Known}, and cf. {Abnormal}, {Enormous}.] [1913 Webster] 1. According to an established norm, rule, or principle; conformed to a type, standard, or regular form; performing the proper functions; not abnormal; regular; natural; analogical. [1913 Webster]

Deviations from the normal type. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) According to a square or rule; perpendicular; forming a right angle; as, a line normal to the base. Specifically: Of or pertaining to a normal. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) Standard; original; exact; typical. Specifically: (a) (Quantitative Analysis) Denoting a solution of such strength that every cubic centimeter contains the same number of milligrams of the element in question as the number of its molecular weight. (b) (Chem.) Denoting certain hypothetical compounds, as acids from which the real acids are obtained by dehydration; thus, normal sulphuric acid and normal nitric acid are respectively {S(OH)6}, and {N(OH)5}. (c) (Organ. Chem.) Denoting that series of hydrocarbons in which no carbon atom is bound to more than two other carbon atoms; as, normal pentane, hexane, etc. Cf. {Iso-}. [1913 Webster]

{Normal equations} (Method of Least Squares), a set of equations of the first degree equal in number to the number of unknown quantities, and derived from the observations by a specified process. The solution of the normal equations gives the most probable values of the unknown quantities.

{Normal group} (Geol.), a group of rocks taken as a standard. --Lyell.

{Normal place} (of a planet or comet) (Astron.), the apparent place in the heavens of a planet or comet at a specified time, the place having been determined by a considerable number of observations, extending perhaps over many days, and so combined that the accidental errors of observation have largely balanced each other.

{Normal school}, a school whose methods of instruction are to serve as a model for imitation; an institution for the training of teachers. [1913 Webster]

Syn: {Normal}, {Regular}, {Ordinary}.

Usage: Regular and ordinary are popular terms of well-known signification; normal has now a more specific sense, arising out of its use in science. A thing is normal, or in its normal state, when strictly conformed to those principles of its constitution which mark its species or to the standard of a healthy and natural condition. It is {abnormal} when it departs from those principles. [1913 Webster]


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  • Normal school — School School, n. [OE. scole, AS. sc?lu, L. schola, Gr. ? leisure, that in which leisure is employed, disputation, lecture, a school, probably from the same root as ?, the original sense being perhaps, a stopping, a resting. See {Scheme}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • normal school — n. [based on Fr école normale] a school, usually with a two year program, for training high school graduates to be elementary schoolteachers …   English World dictionary

  • Normal school — A historic marker commemorating Florence State Teachers College in the United States, now the University of North Alabama, the oldest state supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. A normal school is a school created to train high… …   Wikipedia

  • normal school — (formerly) a school offering a two year course and certification to high school graduates preparing to be teachers, esp. elementary school teachers. Cf. teachers college. [1825 35] * * * ▪ teacher education also called  teachers college  or… …   Universalium

  • normal school — A teachers college. State Teachers College v Morris, 165 Miss 758, 144 So 374; Normal School Dist. v Painter, 102 Mo 464, 14 SW 938. A school particularly for the education and training of school teachers. 15 Am J2d Colleges § 4. Not a common or… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • normal school — Synonyms and related words: academe, academia, alma mater, college, college of engineering, community college, degree granting institution, four year college, graduate school, institute of technology, ivied halls, journalism school, junior… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • normal school — nor′mal school n. edu a former school giving a two year program to high school graduates preparing to be teachers • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • normal school — noun Etymology: translation of French école normale; from the fact that the first French school so named was intended to serve as a model Date: 1838 a usually 2 year school for training chiefly elementary teachers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • normal school — noun a two year school for training elementary teachers • Syn: ↑teachers college • Hypernyms: ↑junior college …   Useful english dictionary

  • normal school — noun (especially in North America and France) a college for the training of teachers …   English new terms dictionary

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