# 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.

## Primary Meanings of average

 1 nadjv an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual around the middle of a scale of evaluation amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain 2 adj lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered
Full Definitions of average
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### n an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual

“he is about average in height”
“the snowfall this month is below average
Type of:
scale value
a value on some scale of measurement

### n a statistic describing the location of a distribution

Synonyms:
norm
Types:
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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
Type of:
statistic
a datum that can be represented numerically

### n (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities

Types:
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
Type of:
ratio
the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)

### adj around the middle of a scale of evaluation

“an orange of average size”
Synonyms:
intermediate, medium
moderate
being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

### adj 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

### adj 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

### adj 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

### v 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
Type of:
add up, amount, come, number, total
add up in number or quantity

### v achieve or reach on average

“He averaged a C”
Type of:
accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
to gain with effort

### v compute the average of

Synonyms:
average out
Type of:
calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation
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### adj 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

### adj lacking exceptional quality or ability

“a novel of average merit”
“the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average
Synonyms:
fair, mediocre, middling
ordinary
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree