average
I. noun Etymology: from earlier average proportionally distributed charge for damage at sea, modification of Middle French avarie damage to ship or cargo, from Old Italian avaria, from Arabic ‘awārīya damaged merchandise Date: 1732 1. a. a single value (as a mean, mode, or median) that summarizes or represents the general significance of a set of unequal values b. mean 1b 2. a. an estimation of or approximation to an arithmetic mean b. a level (as of intelligence) typical of a group, class, or series <
above the average
>
3. a ratio expressing the average performance especially of an athletic team or an athlete computed according to the number of opportunities for successful performance Synonyms: average, mean, median, norm mean something that represents a middle point. average is exactly or approximately the quotient obtained by dividing the sum total of a set of figures by the number of figures <
scored an average of 85 on tests
>
. mean may be the simple average or it may represent value midway between two extremes <
a high of 70° and a low of 50° give a mean of 60°
>
. median applies to the value that represents the point at which there are as many instances above as there are below <
average of a group of persons earning 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 dollars an hour is 6 dollars, whereas the median is 5 dollars
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. norm means the computed or estimated average of performance of a significantly large group, class, or grade <
scores about the norm for fifth grade arithmetic
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. II. adjective Date: 1770 1. equaling an arithmetic mean 2. a. being about midway between extremes <
a man of average height
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b. not out of the ordinary ; common <
the average person
>
averagely adverbaverageness noun III. verb (averaged; averaging) Date: 1769 intransitive verb 1. a. to be or come to an average <
the gain averaged out to 20 percent
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b. to have a medial value of <
a color averaging a pale purple
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2. to buy on a falling market or sell on a rising market additional shares or commodities so as to obtain a more favorable average price — usually used with down or up transitive verb 1. to do, get, or have on the average or as an average sum or quantity <
averages 12 hours of work a day
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2. to find the arithmetic mean of (a series of unequal quantities) 3. a. to bring toward the average b. to divide among a number proportionately

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