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Noun: average  a-vu-rij or av-rij
  1. An intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual
    "he is about average in height"; "the snowfall this month is below average"
  2. (statistics) an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
    - mean, mean value
  3. (statistics) the sum of the values of a random variable divided by the number of values
    - arithmetic mean, first moment, expectation, expected value
  4. (sport) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities
Adjective: average  a-vu-rij or av-rij
  1. (statistics) approximating the statistical norm, average or expected value
    "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age";
    - mean
  2. Lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered
    "average people"; "the average man in the street";
    - ordinary
  3. Lacking exceptional quality or ability
    "a novel of average merit"; "the calibre of the students has gone from mediocre to above average";
    - fair, mediocre, middling
  4. Around the middle of a scale of evaluation
    "an orange of average size";
    - intermediate, medium
  5. (statistics) relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution
    "the average age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30";
    - modal
  6. (statistics) 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)
    - median
Verb: average  a-vu-rij or av-rij
  1. Amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
    "The number of hours I work per week averages out to 40";
    - average out
  2. Achieve or reach on average
    "He averaged a C"
  3. (arithmetic) compute the average of
    - average out

Derived forms: averaged, averaging, averages

See also: common, mod [informal], moderate, normal, ordinary

Type of: accomplish, achieve, add up, amount, attain, calculate, cipher, come, compute, cypher, figure [N. Amer], norm, number, ratio, reach, reckon, scale value, total, work out

Encyclopedia: Average