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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.


Synonymsmean


Similarnormal


Domain categorystatistics


Antonymsabnormal, unnatural

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


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


Synonymsordinary


Similarcommon


Antonymsuncommon

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


Similarordinary


Antonymsextraordinary

4. average around the middle of a scale of evaluation


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


Synonymsintermediate, medium


Similarmoderate


Antonymsimmoderate

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.


Synonymsmodal


Similarnormal


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.


Synonymsmedian


Similarnormal


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.


Synonymsnorm


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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