# average

If something is average, it's ordinary and not very special. You might say a movie was average if you thought it was just okay.

Average can describe what's true most of the time, as in, “The average rainfall in Seattle is fifty-two inches.” It can also be used in a mathematical and more precise way. On his English tests, Dylan received grades of 92%, 85% and 94%. His average grade was 90%, or the sum of the test scores divided by the number of tests taken.

Definitions of average
1. noun
an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual
“he is about average in height”
“the snowfall this month is below average
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scale value
a value on some scale of measurement
2. noun
a statistic describing the location of a distribution
synonyms: norm
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age norm
the average age at which particular performances are expected to appear
modal value, mode
the most frequent value of a random variable
median, median value
the value below which 50% of the cases fall
mean, mean value
an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
arithmetic mean, expectation, expected value, first moment
the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values
geometric mean
the mean of n numbers expressed as the n-th root of their product
harmonic mean
the mean of n numbers expressed as the reciprocal of the arithmetic mean of the reciprocals of the numbers
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statistic
a datum that can be represented numerically
3. noun
(sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities
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batting average, hitting average
(baseball) a measure of a batter's performance; the number of base hits divided by the number of official times at bat
fielding average
(baseball) a measure of a fielder's performance; the number of assists and putouts divided by the number of chances
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ratio
the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)
4. adjective
around the middle of a scale of evaluation
“an orange of average size”
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moderate
being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
5. adjective
approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
“the average income in New England is below that of the nation”
“of average height for his age”
synonyms: mean
normal
conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal
6. adjective
relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution
synonyms: modal
normal
conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal
7. adjective
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)
synonyms: median
normal
conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal
8. verb
amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
“The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40”
synonyms: average out
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add up, amount, come, number, total
add up in number or quantity
9. verb
achieve or reach on average
“He averaged a C”
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accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
gain with effort
10. verb
compute the average of
synonyms: average out
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calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation
11. adjective
lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered
average people”
synonyms: ordinary
common
having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
12. adjective
lacking exceptional quality or ability
“a novel of average merit”
“the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average
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ordinary
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
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