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English adjective: average

1. average approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value

SamplesThe average income in New England is below that of the nation.
Of average height for his age.
The mean annual rainfall.



Domain categorystatistics

Antonymsabnormal, unnatural

2. average lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered

SamplesAverage people.
The ordinary (or common) man in the street.




3. average lacking exceptional quality or ability

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsfair, mediocre, middling



4. average around the middle of a scale of evaluation

SamplesAn orange of average size.
Intermediate capacity.
Medium bombers.

Synonymsintermediate, medium



5. average relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution

SamplesThe modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30.



Domain categorystatistics

Antonymsabnormal, unnatural

6. average 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)

SamplesThe median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20.
The median income for the year was $15,000.



Domain categorystatistics

Antonymsabnormal, unnatural

English noun: average

1. average (cognition) a statistic describing the location of a distribution

SamplesIt set the norm for American homes.


Broader (hypernym)statistic

Narrower (hyponym)age norm, mean, mean value, median, median value, modal value, mode

Domain categorystatistics

2. average (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities

Broader (hypernym)ratio

Narrower (hyponym)batting average, fielding average, hitting average

Domain categoryathletics, sport

3. average (cognition) an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual

SamplesHe is about average in height.
The snowfall this month is below average.

Broader (hypernym)scale value

English verb: average

1. average (stative) amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain

SamplesThe number of hours I work per work averages out to 40.

Synonymsaverage out

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)add up, amount, come, number, total

2. average (social) achieve or reach on average

SamplesHe averaged a C.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accomplish, achieve, attain, reach

3. average (cognition) compute the average of

Synonymsaverage out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out

Domain categoryarithmetic

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